The Importance of Confidence

The King James Version reads:

(Hebrews 10:35 ) Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great
recompense of reward.

The word “recompense” there means “a reward, as in wages.”

The New International Version reads:

(Hebrews 10:35) So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly
rewarded.

Most people who read ministry articles like mine, usually have a ministry at
work within them and this is the way it should be. Once the Word of God
becomes activated in a person, a desire to minister also comes up. It can
manifest in a number of different ways, but there is a life giving spring
(called the anointing) that has a force that wants to come up and out of
God’s Christian believers in expressions.

We know that is the power of the Holy Spirit. But some feel like they are to
squash it for the sake of the religious organization they may be around and
some feel they have to “fight” the organization to let it come out, and some
are in organizations that actually help them launch into their ministries.
If one is exceptionally blessed, there are those who encourage them to find
a way to do their ministry.

All of this is so important for Christian ministry fulfillment – personally
and practically. On some causes, there are still not enough volunteers, do
you know what I mean? I want to speak to anyone who has any kind of a
ministry, no matter how small or large it seems to be to them.

The five fold ministry is to equip others for the work of the ministry, and
that really comes out of learning how to do it and then just passing it on
to others. The older (or more mature ones) have to teach the younger (less
mature) in their giftings. It’s just how it works in every area of life.

We really don’t need exalted positions because you may be good at something
I am not and at the same time, vice versa! I may have a ministry meeting
somewhere, but I might need a mechanic to help me get to that meeting! We
all need respect, what ever our gift and calling is.

And it is true that we will not find true happiness and fulfillment until we
DO the calling that God has for us to do. It does not mean we will enjoy
every day of it because a lot of ministry is a SACRIFICE for Love. But there
will be a God pleasured satisfaction in serving Him and knowing it.

So I want to speak to ministers of any kind and encourage them to impart
confidence to others. And sometimes it might even get to someone’s head
temporarily, but God will pick them up from their fall to pride as they seek
Him. So really, not only do we need to impart confidence, but we also need
to do it the right way!

Everyone benefits from encouragement and some are more gifted at imparting
it than others, but it really is not something that is all that challenging
to do. It is AMAZING at what even a little bit of encouragement can do for a
person! Even if they are highly skeptical at first.

And some are skeptical because they have been burned in the past by people
taking advantage of them, or they have been approached by “salesmen” making
grand promises of an impractical non-reality. Disappointments can cause
people to walk with a limp and Jesus came to heal the lame – in whatever
capacity that is!

God exhorts us to have faith and even says that is what pleases Him, but for
some it is hard to have faith in some areas. The littlest things can make
the biggest difference and you may have a powerful ministry and not even
know it! Just by doing the little things that you do, being you!!!

God does not have to please our moods all the time, but He will work with
those who honestly want to work with Him. He is always looking for laborers
in the Harvest field and even tells us that we need to pray to the Lord of
the Harvest (Him) for the laborers, which is you and me.

Think about it like this. Every town needs a doctor for situations that come
up, but what if all the doctors were only in one place and not spread
around? As you know, we have to travel sometimes as it is to get the help we
need that way. But God needs ministers for the people who pray to Him the
same way! How many in these different areas of life are crying out and have
no sufficient answers? But the knowledge and resources for them are in the
earth, but are just not fully available in every area!

And when you think about it, the more needy a location is, there are
probably less resources. God needs qualified Christians to answer their
prayers. We have to realize that God truly does have need of us, and we just
need to connect to our callings! It may be a full time missions work or it
may be a ministry to someone that you meet out in the marketplace somewhere.
We need to be on “on.”

But to be on “on,” we need to be equipped. That is what the Church and
Christian ministries and conferences and schools are all about! We need the
head knowledge and we need the Spiritual experience knowledge with that
proper interpretation, and we need confidence in what we do.

Faithfulness has a lot of power, even when we are not “feeling it.”
Faithfulness encourages in a mighty way. I think all of us know how
important inner security is to just living life. That confidence that things
will work and be there means as much to us as the sun coming up every
morning for a new day.

Not only do we need confidence in the things around us, but we also need
confidence in ourselves. It may come more natural to some, but to some
others, it can literally mean the difference between life and death. God is
good and after creating us, He declared it was very good! But we also find
there is an enemy who wants to take away our confidence in the goodnesses of
God within and about us.

As ministers we need to realize that when we impart Spiritually, we need to
pass on confidence. It really generates a lot of love and it really builds
the Kingdom of God and the people in it. Not only does it do a good work but
that good work also will come back to us in due season. Like any seed, you
have to plant it, and water it and tend it, but there is great reward, the
Scriptures say, for this one.

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of
reward. Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. Be a
blessing and get blessed!

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The Next Level

After the holidays are now basically over, I am on “re-group.”   I don’t think I have ever prayed for so many meetings so hard in my life!  But it’s a good thing and it was an assignment.  The Lord had asked, “Do you really care?” and I felt I had to prove I did!   I have assignments as an intercessor.

The Lord always wants to know if we really care.  If we love Him, we deny our flesh and keep His Commandments.  That is a full time job in this day and age as we are out in the world, making a difference, because we should be.  But sometimes we can get so caught up in the work, that we miss the Holy Spirit and what He is saying and doing and even ministering to us.

It is possible to get weary from well doing, and there are challenges and obstacles along the way.  But after a thrust of faith has been given and we know that our soul has extended itself in energies for God, we do need the balance of rest, but also of assessing the new place we are in because hopefully we have taken ground from the enemy! 

Not only that, sometimes there is what we call “backlash” from the resistance of having taken that territory.  We really are in a strategy mode for the Kingdom of God, and some of you who like games a lot really should start applying some of those strategies to the spiritual world, as you are instructed by the Lord.

Of course that first of all means you have to HEAR the Lord, and you have to get your own house in order (count the cost, as Jesus said) to move forward in God.  (You can miss a lot if you don’t make yourself willing in the day of battle.) 

In our early Christian days we are a lot on the “receive” end and we should be, but when that ministry is done, there should be new energies arising in you that have to be channelled for producing good Kingdom works – things like witnessing to people, helping people, praying for people, joining with people to accomplish varied good and necessary things!  The Bible says we were predestined for those good works!

That being said, we then need to learn how to mature in it.  And it’s not all drudgery works!  The more effective we get, the more we will see victories and some defeats.  But the biggest thing to remember as born again Christians is that those defeats are TEMPORARY!!!

As you get wiser and more sensitive, you will realize there is a channel or current of God flowing through you.  It’s your job to keep the stream open when trials and tribulations and circumstances block it up.  But besides tending your own soul, which you really must if you value it, you are going to get new assignments and understandings from God that you will need to apply to your life and then to others as is properly applicable.  We need the different ministry gifts to help us in this.

You must realize that the enemy wants to take you out.  Jesus told us that he (the enemy) comes to kill, steal and destroy, but that He came to bring life, and to overcome and even destroy the works of the enemy.  Personally I wish there never was a devil in the first place but there is a counter force to the goodness of God.  I could spend a long time crying about that, but God knows that counterforce reveals Him better.  If we LEARN how to cooperate with God and if we learn the strategies of Spiritual warfare, we can find that our “wounds” and “hits” become much more managable and even instructional.

We need to learn HOW to cooperate with the Living Spirit of God.  He says, “My sheep hear My Voice, and another’s they will not follow.”  So that means we do need to learn to discern.  But after learning to discern His Voice, we then need to learn how to OBEY His Voice!  – because sometimes that is easier said than done and we need His Spiritual resources to do it.

Many young Christians will try to accomplish Spiritual goals with worldly systems.  Now many of the successful sytems in the world have used Godly principles and succeeded.  And we really should have churches full of accomplishing business people.  Even Proverbs 31 will tell you that women are in the marketplace, supporting the causes of God and their family.  They are not leaders alone but they are active and wise and contributing.

God’s Kingdom is built without compromises.  Sometimes that is hard for us to see.  Sometimes we don’t even want to see it.  But it’s still the truth and try as we will to do things another way, we are only going this far and no further till we get it right.  It’s so great once we catch on to that to learn that He has supernatural ways to lead and guide us and show us these great things.  But we must become disciplined in the right ways of God.

What we learn as we move forward is that we don’t understand everything going on, but we do develop more faith and trust in His Voice.  The Lord is developing our spirits and not only our minds.  A right countenance goes a long way, along with right thoughts.  And when you are in a war, that can be an art you will find important to learn!

So what am I saying here.  Once you get on the right foundations, you can make great progress in your spiritual life.  But after you make an advancement, you need to take the time to process where you are.  Once you arrive in “new territory” you will also find that there are new opportunities but you can get distracted by those if you are not assessing what just happened.  The great news is that God is working with you on all this.  I am just saying, Don’t miss that!

The enemy is also looking to take his ground back if he can.  If we don’t assess our situations, we may miss a counter-move that we should have seen or discerned.  If  the Word is leading you, you have a lot of clues that you already need.  A lot of Christians have come to realize that “a lot of warfare” can mean that there is something really good that we are contending for in our assignment. 

God will speak to us and when He does, He is not looking for our counsel.  He does not mind a submissive spirit talking to Him, but sometimes He just wants us to obey.  When we learn how to do that, it’s great to see later what He was doing and we really do develop a lot of trust in Him that way!

Once we arrive in our “next level”, we need to learn it and discern it until He says otherwise.  He is looking for our hearts to connect with His Heart for the next big move, which could be sooner, or later.  He has a big picture in mind!  Remember when He assigned terroritories to the children of Israel, it was not just “four days later” and they had it all done.  No, they had to “take the land” and then build the land.  Even still, they are working on that!

When one territory had a problem, then the others were supposed to help.  It was Family!  We need to learn how to do the order of Family from a Kingdom perspective.  If children, rather than wise men, rule a family, then when trouble comes, we are not prepared. There is a big world going on outside the four walls of our houses.   Even if we work to get off the grid for our electric, and dig wells for our water supply, we are still dependent on each other and God has made it to be so that way.

But when we get in the order of Kingdom dynamics, we find that we are much more on the effective offensive and not the defensive.  And where we go can become a Garden of Eden for those areas!  If we develop our Spiritual tools and gifts, we have resources!  And if we develop our worship, we have inspiration and hope – which are very necessary.

So take your advancements in the proper ways, but then be sure to rest, assess, and discern.  Jesus said “I do the works I see My Father do.”  Keep the connection of God’s Love for you flowing in your channel.  Don’t take things for granted but be humble and teachable, because God has many more great things that we will not only want, but need.

Show Me The Glory

The other day when I was contending for some things in my own life, I heard myself say, much like in the movie Jerry McGuire’s client did, “SHOW ME THE GLORY!”

 In the movie Jerry McGuire was an agent and his client was a struggling football player who was not going to take less than a lot.  Really, I thought I was going to say it like the movie does, “Show me the money!”, but instead what came out was, “Show me the Glory!”   I knew that was a “God message thing.”  Smile….

 God is going to deal with the hearts of His Beloved People on money this year.  We have seen a lot of excesses and we have seen a lot done wrong and some are just working to “make it work.”  But we need to learn it and do it God’s way.  He has a Plan and He is well able;  we just need to learn how He wants it done.

I have a word for all my good minister friends and for all those who love God enough to give towards His Work.  Don’t take up offerings to “pay expenses.”  It sounds like YOU are supporting God!  We have come into a place of presumption that we have not even realized needs to be corrected.

Instead, take up offerings to push back the kingdom of darkness and bring forth the Light.  Put yourself in agreement with HIM!  Not with men and their works.  When you sow your faith like that, you please God.   Get your excitement up in the real thing!  Then the expenses will be met.  Then EVERYONE will feel and share in the investment into the Kingdom of GOD!  Not only that, a divine power comes upon that giving that makes it holy and anointed and God will deal with those who touch it.

True ministers need to learn how to channel this Godly energy. (Selah!)  This means it will require a lot of prayer and humility.  You learn it from God and not from business school, although there are good helps in business school.  The two should join righteously.  But the ministry of the anointing is different.  This will bring forth the “Divine Push” that WE Christians really need.

 God is fine, and will be fine and has been fine. He is not in crisis.  We are the ones who need the Life connect.  Join to gain it!  This is a very serious concept.  Remember Uzzah who tried to “help” God?  He died.  But when we get in proper order and protocol, and everyone in their place of effectiveness and service (with grace and hopes for more!), we get it right and move forward into the Blessing.

When you give, give to what you WANT to SEE, what you KNOW and discern is real Kingdom.   Many have lost heart because of what they have not wanted to see, so they quit giving because it seemed so in vain!  The “promises” and the “giving and sowing” seemed so far apart and growing farther still!  The Church felt and seemed less and less potent, but those who know the God of the past just knew He had not changed.

Even I had to be corrected on this.  I just got sad and unhappy with a lot of things.  It seemed so de-personalized from me and I felt I was worshipping men and programs in the name of God.  It didn’t “feel” right!

But God is asking, “Will you join ME in seeing the Kingdom come?”   I mean, I had been praying “Thy Kingdom come.”  He asked me what kind of world/kingdom did I want to SEE.  And He said “Give to THAT.”

 I felt so strongly that many of the churches and movements were missing it in critical ways because of the world’s mocking and the feeling of indifference to so many real needs.  So many were falling away.  I had even prophesied that God was tearing down this old church order because it was just not working like it should.

But we ARE commanded to assemble ourselves together and for many it was becoming the “house to house” church again.  God is not opposed to “assembly”,  but He is opposed to wrong assembly.  He is opposed to fleecing the flock and double standards.  The leaven of the lust for so many things is pervasive and the lines have become unclear – in the Church.  We are due for this correction!

 When I just felt like I didn’t want to give and that I could decide best for myself, I really felt bad about it.  I thought I was a “bad person” for feeling like that and it was a struggle to submit to the teaching I knew.  But I just did not feel that I could trust the precious thing in my soul to others.  I know a lot of people feel that way and I know that it is more than just a bad economy that has people not giving.

If you give nothing, you stop the Kingdom of God.  You give the devil room to advance.  Think about WHY you give and WHAT you give to.  God honors FAITH.  Faith means you BELIEVE in Him.  I knew I could not lose that, but I was feeling like I “wanted” to.  I was mature enough to catch on to it.

God wants the heart-connect.  He doesn’t want our faith in other people or preachers or programs, He wants OUR faith in us IN Him!  Then that will manifest in true life expression.  THAT is what He wants.

 So if you believe in HIM, then give to HIM in the ways you believe in.  When you sow, you connect to it.  There needs to be a drive behind your finances and incomes.  Dueteronomy 8:18 says, “God gives US the power to create wealth to establish His Covenant.”   We need to get a clear understanding of that.  It’s not “Let’s make a deal with God!”  God is not dealing like that, even if we get a right principle here and there and seem affirmed.

 The power is in you to win with God.  Your  ~VISION~   MUST CONNECT with your giving!  The Covenant He has is WITH YOU!!!

 If you just haphazardly throw money in certain directions, it is going to come haphazardly back to you and it may be intercepted.  If the devil has his way, then it will be.  There is going to be warfare, but that’s okay.

You just have to press through until you make it a stronghold.  It so can happen!  Then when we get our personal stronghold and then get collective with that, we have a power source and a power force to overcome the kingdom of darkness.  Every connected part is significant.

Get the right SPIRIT.  God is the Father of our spirits.  He is not training our personna’s first, He is training our spirits and He will correct us!  We walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh.  He says we are to love Him: heart, mind, soul and strength.  There is a lot to that but notice that the heart comes first and that this is the first Commandment.

When we say something do we really mean it?  Jesus said we will not be heard by Him with our rote words.  He is looking into our hearts.  I love what I heard musician Misty Edwards share recently about the “the sacred space” that we all have.  It is a place that God has designed for Him alone.  No one else can share it.  He made it that way.  And it’s inside every single person, not just a few.  Just close your eyes and you can see what might be cluttering it but you know the space is without question His.  He can make this known!  It’s the place of our prayers and it’s the place where He will even talk back to us, if we prepare the place for that.

Now take that “sacred space” and connect with God.  Join Him.  Don’t support Him, He does not need supporting.  JOIN Him in the work HE is doing and support that.  GIVE to push back the forces of darkness and to advance the Kingdom of Light.  It causes you to find your place in Him and when you do, you will find joy in that, and the joy is also your strength (Selah!).

You are to grow and mature in Him, so you are not stuck in one place.  You just are where you are at the moment and what you do can make that change for the better and greater!  So give with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and then He will SHOW YOU THE GLORY!

Praise the Lord.

Exodus 33:

17  So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”
18  And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”
19  Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”