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The Blood Line is that line in the sand; that hedge around you; the force field, if you want to think of it in those terms; that the blood of Jesus has established protecting every believer from the enemy’s attack. However, if you don’t know it’s there, or your role in both maintaining it and defending it you will be exposed to attack after attack by the destroyer who wants nothing more than to maintain your ignorance.
For a lack of knowledge the people of God perish (Hosea 4:6).
I believe that this one truth, regarding the power of the blood of Christ and our right to call upon that power has robbed many Christians and their families of the joy, peace and the prosperity that God has wanted to make available to them and even worse, it is probably the reason many Christians have gone home to be with the Lord early. How can you draw upon any resource that is available to you unless you have been told, or been made aware that it exists in the first place.
The Blood Line here is tied in with the protection provided, by God to his children, Israel, in captivity in Egypt and the command that God gave to Moses regarding the Passover. The protection provided by the blood of the lamb, in willing obedience to the command given and the Faith to be prepared to depart, as instructed is a type of the amazing level of protection that Christ’s own blood, as the final sacrifice, has been made available to all those who will call upon the power of that blood, in faith, today.
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When you enter the Foyer this is what you will see:
Continue making your way through and allow the doors to open for you. AS you can see through these glass doors there is a lift facing you as you enter the Atrium:
Take the lift to the first floor.
For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us;
dominion will rest on his shoulders,
and he will be given the name
Pele-Yo’etz El Gibbor
[Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God,
Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace],
in order to extend the dominion
and perpetuate the peace
of the throne and kingdom of David,
to secure it and sustain it
through justice and righteousness
henceforth and forever.
The zeal of ADONAI-Tzva’ot
will accomplish this.
Adonai sent a word to Ya’akov,
and it has fallen on Isra’el.
Isaiah 9:5-7 Complete Jewish Bible
He was remarkable in his Birth.
He was remarkable in his Life.
He was remarkable in his Death.
Remarkable in his Resurrection.
He Will be remarkable in his return for both the Living and the Dead.
Yeshua Ha Mashiach, we know him in the Anglicised form as Jesus, the Anointed one. The prophecy of Yesha’yahu, we know him as the prophet Esaias, or Isaiah, is full of the promises of God to and about the future of Israel and Jerusalem, in particular. The
Isaiah provides the most detailed prophecies about the Birth, Life, Ministry Death and the Resurrection of Jesus, of all of the prophets; both major and minor, in the Old Testament. If you’ve been anywhere near a traditional church for the vigil of both Christmas and Easter, you will have encountered, at the very least excerpts from “Messiah”, by G F Handel; in particular, we are considering the movement “For Unto Us a Child is Born”, today. Like so many parts of the bible, that have been set to music, our familiarity with the tune and even the lyric, has driven the neglect of what is actually contained within those verses. Reading is good, listening is good, writing is good, but study and meditation is even better when combined with each, if not all three, of these.
Why did Jesus come as a child? surely if God had simply stepped down from Heaven and taken charge of things we would have stood to attention and moved forwards quickly and completely to the resolution. Why could he not just wave his hand over all the sick and have them made well? Why, oh why did he have to die and if he did what is the resurrection all about? Surely, once raised from the dead it would have been ideal for him to present himself to the regular and legal authorities of the day and take over; surely it was a bit of a waste rising and then just ascending; leaving a rag-tag bag of uneducated men and women to carry out the mission with the ‘promise’ that he would one day return after all the work was done; isn’t that just grandstanding on a large scale?
If any, or even if all of these questions have gone through your mind at some stage, don’t be concerned. Everyone who is seriously seeking and genuinely looking for God has gone through these and even more questions over their journey. Yes, they are all good questions and I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not going to deal with all of them right now. For a start, you don’t have the time to do them justice, right away and equally, it would take more than a few hundred words to deal with them effectively. Suffice to say, I will deal with the most pressing right now. Why as a child?
The question of Why God came to us as a child is to do with the topic of Incarnation; God in human form. The story of humanity’s origin provides insight into why this was so essential.
Because a man was the reason for the Fall and thereby the cause of spiritual death upon ALL humanity, it was necessary for a man to rectify the imbalance. God couldn’t go back on his own word and just take back the Earth; God and his word are synonymous; to do so would have been self-annihilating. He’d given the full authority over all of the works of his hands to Adam and in bowing his knee to Satan Adam committed High treason; turning that authority over to Satan. That is why Paul writing about Satan refers to him as “the god of this world system”. He never refers to him as God; but, recognises the degree to which Adam’s authority extended. Have you never wondered why in Job chapter 1 we find Satan before the throne of God accusing God of unjustly protecting Job? Or, why we are told that the Accuser of the brethren is eventually able to be cast down from the throne-room of God?
God prophesies to Satan just exactly How his downfall will occour. But, he doesn’t give him the timeframe. It took millennia for the incarnation to be possible and the Old Testament reveals the process required to enable God to re-enter this world legitimately and legally, as a man. In Galatians, we are reminded that He lay aside ALL of the attributes and Qualities and Abilities that made him God to come in the LIKENESS (not as but, in the same image) of sinful flesh. Jesus, Yeshua Ha Meshiach, The anointed one and the anointing working together to fulfil ALL that the law required. It is also the reason that he is referred to as “The Last Adam” because he was just like Adam was before the Fall a man with a sin nature could not fulfil every aspect of the law; only a sinless man could do that and that is the reason the law was written the way it was; to expose the sin nature of humanity without God. Jesus operated AS A MAN ANOINTED WITH THE HOLY GHOST AND WITH POWER, NOT as God. That is why he is our model, once we are born again, of how we can operate, once anointed with Holy Spirit Living within us, to enable us and UPON us to share the Love of God with those, around us, without him.
As a sinless man, he died a sinner’s death, unjustly
As a Sinless man he was dragged into Hell, because he had taken upon himself (by choice) all of our sinfulness and the accumulation of all of our sin (past, present and future) thereby appearing to be sin in such a fashion that even the Father could not look upon him, his own sinless spirit was crushed deep within that crusty shell made up of the sin of humanity, so much so that even satan himself was unaware of the sinless manhe was having dragged into the very bowels of Hell itself, unjustly.
As a Sinless man he was raised from the dead and pronounced Just by the Father and Ascending to Heaven regained ALL the authority and power that he had layed aside and then gave it to Us to use in his stead until he comes again.
His return will also be spectacular.
But, until then, we are called to make disciples of All nations. We are commanded to lay hands on the Sick, to Cast out the Devil wherever we find him and to be a demonstration of the Kingdom and the power and the authority of God on this Earth in the same way Adam was supposed to, in the first place.
The difference is that NOW we have an advocate with the Father who, having the form of a man, has been tested in ALL WAYS as we are daily, without sinning. So that if we do sin we can go before the father, confess our sins and be fully restored once again.
Before the resurrection, from the dead and his ascension, we had sin on our minds all of the time.
Now, we are told to look to his rightstanding with God as our own, as a breastplate even; to maintain that rightstanding and consider ourselves dead to sin; not to beat ourselves up if we do sin, but to deal with it immediately and move on towards our goal and our high calling. That takes Faith. That takes faith that can only grow if it is challenged; each challenge should be seen as just that; not as an end, but as a chance to grow and develop.
That doesn’t mean we go out of our way to seek, or commit sin. But, we are to meet it head on and if we are unable to shake off the burden; then we confess our faults to one another and get the power of agreement in on the case.
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The Storms of Life Come – Are YOU in Peace?
“But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your mind and in your heart, so that you can do it.
See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil. [If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which] I command you today, to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land into which you go to possess… I declare to you today that you shall surely perish, and you shall not live long in the land which you pass over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.”
Deuteronomy 30:14-16; 19 AMPC
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The Choice is Yours:LIFE or DEATH Which do you choose?
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This is the Link to the Message from Sunday October 30 2016. Rather than delay in providing a link with the written article, this is the recorded Audio Only, that is available at this time. Please take the time to Ask yourself this important question:
But when you pray, go into your most private room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.
“And when you pray, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. So do not be like them [praying as they do]; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
“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 have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment].
‘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.]’
For if you forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:6-15 AMP (2015)
“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke23:34 AMP (2015)
Jesus replied, “Have faith in God [constantly]. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and does not doubt in his heart [in God’s unlimited power], but believes that what he says is going to take place, it will be done for him [in accordance with God’s will]. For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you. Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others]. [“But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your transgressions.”] Mark 11:22-26 AMP (2015)
So if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and while there you remember that your brother has something [such as a grievance or legitimate complaint] against you, leave your offering there at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come and present your offering. Matthew 5:23-24 AMP (2015)
Unforgiveness is one of the most subtle, yet disabling forces that works against the believer achieving anything for God in this Earth. Bitterness and resentment are ugly feelings that are usually close companions to unforgiveness. This is because unforgiveness is the result of an action, or collection of actions, over time, committed against you, by someone else, that has caused offense, harm, or loss, of one kind or another. Even if the offense was not physical in nature, the resulting fruit of harbouring
this ungracious force can and will eventually manifest itself in a range of ways both physical and psychological. To say that someone is “Bitter and Twisted” is not just a comical turn of phrase, it has its origin in the physical manifestation of warped human bodies brought about as a consequence of unresolved unforgiveness.
If you discount the spiritual significance of the effects of relationships with other people it is always possible to find an organic cause for the conditions that manifest in this way. But, truth be told, you do so at great risk. Socially, people who bear grudges, are unforgiving, or slow to forgive, or who harbour bitter and ill feelings towards people, are more often than not, very difficult people to engage in pleasant conversation. They always have to have something to complain about. You often find old people who are in decline will provide you with a clear picture of what their practice has been in either holding onto resentment, or the practice of being quick to forgive; particularly the forgiveness of others.
I know that in my own life it has been essential to maintain this practice of quickly forgiving the offense of others. I am very thankful that God led me on a path that persuaded me early on in my life, that the gospel is both true and real. As a boy, at school, in Australia, I was severely bullied by my peers for being different. So much so that even when the principle individuals, who had started the barrage of abuse, had moved on to the high school, at the end of that first year, those who remained with me in my final year at primary school maintained the same level of physical and psychological abuse that I had been subjected to previously. The following year I also moved on to the high school and the original perpetrators were, in effect, waiting for me. For the following 3 years, I lived a daily torrent of abuse that seemed to come from every direction. I found it difficult to make friends and even when I did those friendships didn’t last very long because they would be treated to the same kind of abuse until such time that they backed away from me and either joined in the taunting or, at the very least, avoided me.
I can safely say that the application of the teaching of Jesus of the importance of “forgiving your enemy” and the need to “bless those who persecute you” saved my life throughout that period, that I took to be my personal trial, for the sake of the Gospel. The scant snippets of scripture that I received at Mass, on Sundays, provided me with enough strength to make through the next week; this is one of the reasons that I avoided, at all costs, missing going to church. Had I known then what I know now, about the power of the word of God to effect change in my own life and that of others, I believe that the effect that the abuse had upon me, would have been completely different. But, it is one of the reasons that I believe that children need to be exposed to the truth of the word of God at an early age and one of the reasons that I used to really enjoy teaching “Children’s Church”.I lived
I lived the walk of forgiveness and the Love of God during those years, so that when the thoughts and eventually the opportunity to actually attempt suicide, came about; there was enough spiritual development on the inside of me to hold me back, from the brink, and to stir the desire and inclination within me to push on and push through the depression and the desire to just end it all. I had learned to be quick to forgive others, no matter the offense. Forgiving myself, on the other hand, was not so easy. In fact “Self-Forgiveness” is often the hardest of all.
I still have to remind myself, at times, the words that a dear friend of mine, Father Phillip Watson sss, keeps on saying when I see him: “Be kind to yourself!” This rings so true to the teaching of Jesus that we are to: “Love your neighbour, as you Love yourself.” (Mark 12:31) Those two little words “as you” are the key to successful application of that piece of scripture; that command from Christ. “As you” like the phrase “Even as” from 1John 3:1, is an instruction fo us to do, what is being commanded, “In direct proportion to”. In other words, we can only effectively love somebody else in direct proportion to the way we love ourselves.
You might say to me: “But, brother Graham, isn’t that a bit selfish; a bit narcissistic?” If we were talking about self-centred human love, where we spend all of our time and money pampering our own wants and desires, using other people for our own gratification, I would agree with you. But, in this case, we’re talking about a higher kind of love; the agape Love of God. This is Love perfected. The greeks had this word long before Jesus came along. But, the selfless expression of the Love of God, in Jesus, provided a firm example of what that word really meant. So, if this is the kind of love that we’re referring to what would be the manner that we could express that love to ourselves and then on, outward to others? In the case of “Loving your neighbour” it would appear that unless we first learn to love ourselves, we will be bereft of any knowledge of how to love our neighbour. As has been said so many times before “You can’t give, to someone else, something you haven’t received yourself.”
See what an incredible quality of love the Father has shown to us, that we would [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 1John 3:1 AMP (2015)
God himself regards us as his children. In fact, given the context, the text refers to us as being awarded, given freely, by his grace, the full stature of ‘Sonship’. That means that we have been given all of the rights and privileges that the eldest son would receive as their birthright. As I said, we are reading this contextually. So the term ‘Sonship’ is relevant, in this case, for us to consider that the eldest son would be regarded as the next of Kin. The Eldest son would have access to all of the respect and cooperation, from the servants, as the father had. He would also be the primary inheritor of ALL of the belongings, all of the property, all of the clothing, jewellery and stock, herds and chattels that his father owned. This would all occour as a result of attaining his legal age of majority. As the heir apparent, he would be regarded as his Father’s sole representative, acting for his Father and speaking for his Father. Additionally, he would not have to wait until his father died before all of this took place; it would be presumed, by all and sundry, to be so, unless they were told otherwise, once the son had achieved a particular age. Perhaps that gives you some insight into what Jesus was saying when he would remark “I only say the things I hear the Father say!” or “I only do the things I see the Father do!” Jesus knew who he was, as a result of studying the scriptures and through his time spent in prayer and conversation with the Father; even at the age of 12 he was able to say to his mother: “Did you not know that I would be about my Father’s business?” when they found him in the temple expounding to the elders gathered there.
Having established what this phrase means contextually, let us now apply it to our lives. By being Born Again, by making Jesus the Lord of our lives, we have attained this same kind of standing with God the Father, because WE ARE IN CHRIST. Because we are a part of the Body of Christ, in the Earth, we have been raised up to sit with him. We have been created as brand new creatures, spiritually, as a result of this new birth. We have inherited ALL of the promises made to Abraham, with All of the Curse taken care of, even if we do sin, by the redemptive work of Jesus at Calvary, his descent into Hell and his resurrection from the dead and Ascension into Heaven. ALL of this is referred to, in the scriptures, in past tense, not future tense. In other words, we need to wake up to the realisation that ALL of this has ALREADY taken place in our lives and we need to bring our WHOLE self to a point of realisation and acceptance. We need to do this because God is not going to force it upon us. But, it is there for the taking and NONE of us is WORTHY, which is the reason it is given FREELY by his GRACE.
What has all this got to do with Loving yourself or, for that matter, Forgiveness? Good question. I’m glad you asked it. Because the answer is EVERYTHING! You see, the best way you can love yourself is to come to the realisation that, in and of yourself, there’s not much to love. UNLESS you have let God take pride of place as the centre of your life. Because all that is good about you is as a result of God’s gift in the first place. But, when you then bring to that the message of what the New Birth has done in your life and as you take the time to spend with God and his word; allowing him to change and renew the way you think about yourself, because of what he has done in you; THEN you are in a place to be able to live and walk in Love. Because you have come to the realisation that you are loved, because God sees you as loveable and that then has an effect upon how you see and treat others around you. Even when they try, or even succeed in harming you. Jesus is our best example of this. From the cross he is heard saying “And Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing His clothes among themselves.” Luke 23:34 AMP (2015) even when they have taken from him everything that he had and were now taking his life, he was prepared to give forgiveness.
It is essential for us to remember just how important this command for us to forgive others is in our spiritual walk. Mark 11:22-24 is the great FAITH scripture. we know that without Faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), But, far too often we have stopped there at the end of Mark 11:24 and have grasped ahold of “You can have what you say!” Except, it doesn’t end there because in many translations you will find the word AND is right there in front of verse 25, which means that Jesus continues to talk about this subject in the next verse. AND When you stand praying your prayer of Faith….. You also have to do this FORGIVE, ANYONE you are holding Unforgiveness towards. Then to drive it even further home….”If you don’t forgive, then your father in Heaven cannot, CANNOT, Forgive YOU. OUCH!!!
Pay close attention to this next part. This is the key to putting this scripture into action. The key to walking a life free of Unforgiveness is summed up in one word. OBEDIENCE!
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed [is better] than the fat of rams. 1Samuel 15:22b AMP (2015)
Yes, Obedience. If it’s for no other reason than you want to please God, that’s a pretty good reason to be obedient. In fact, that’s the best reason. But, as I’ve already demonstrated here previously, unforgiveness in your life will rob you of your ability to walk in Faith, which, in turn, will please God, but additionally it will also deal with the mountains that you face in your life.
But, there is something to remember about the damage that unforgiveness does to your life. It is an insidious force that binds you up every which way. The interesting thing is that the target of your unforgiveness, someone who you believe has done something to cause you offense or harm, may be totally oblivious to what you have been offended by. Even if what they did was intentional, your unforgiveness towards them has no effect on them whatsoever. If the person you are not forgiving is someone you encounter with any form of regularity then those feelings that you have, that you think are eating away at you, and dominating your thoughts when you are around that person, are doing exactly that; they’re eating away at you. If that person is also having a good time; laughing and joking and getting on with everyone else; you will find yourself becoming withdrawn; backing away from the social group. The unforgiveness is doing exactly what it is designed to do. It is from the pit of Hell itself and it is designed to Rob, Kill and to Destroy you and your life; YOUR LIFE. Because the only person bound up by unforgiveness, if you will not forgive, is YOU.
I’ve seen people’s lives absolutely destroyed by unforgiveness. Friends and family members who have held something that someone has done against them for years, in some cases 30 or 40 years, totally oblivious to the effect it is having on their relationships with people around them. They are crippled with pain. They have lost All sense of reason, or their bitterness comes out in ways that make people feel uncomfortable around them and drives others away causing them to lament the fact that they are lonely and no one comes to visit them. Yet, there are others who are quick to forgive, quick to repent, when they’ve done something wrong. They live life unburdened by unforgiveness and right into their latter years they are in good health mentally and socially. They have a light air about them and they are people you want to spend time with and enjoy their company.
Forgiveness is a function of your WILL. Like Faith and Love, Forgiveness is not dependent upon how you feel. In fact, you can FEEL like the thought of forgiving someone for something they have just done to hurt or offend you as the furthest thing from your imagination, based on what you feel like. But, if you make the decision to act on the word of God, on the basis of being obedient to Jesus’ command to forgive AND if you begin to practice Forgiveness as an act of your Will, you will become fluent at it. The Love of God TAKES no account of a suffered wrong (1Corinthians 13:4-8a) or the evil done to it. Take note of this, though; our flesh will rebel, initially, as we begin to practice forgiveness. But, it is our job to tame our flesh and bring IT under both our control and subject to what the Word of God has to say. If we want to live our life free from condemnation. then we need to practice walking after the promptings of our spirit, instructed by Holy Spirit; this takes practice and time. So, “Be Kind to Yourself!”