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Are Our Actions And Methods In Alignment With Our Beliefs?

This Word asks us one question that opens the door to the new day: Are our actions and methods in alignment with our beliefs? After being in the ministry for some time, Paul had a revelation that he needed to reevaluate and submit what he was doing, “for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain” (Galatians 2:2).

Are we running in vain? Are we missing the mark? Our founder John Robert Stevens’ revelation was that God wanted to establish a Kingdom under Christ’s Lordship. The direction and goal for this fellowship has always been the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the bringing forth of His Kingdom.

If we are to move forward with John Stevens’ vision, we must honestly evaluate our behaviors and our methods. Are we bringing our churches, schools, and families under the Lordship of Christ? Ephesians 4:12-13 describes our goal: for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

We begin this journey together by breaking bonds, creating an atmosphere of objectivity, and laying everything before the Lord.

This message titled “Are Our Actions And Methods In Alignment With Our Beliefs?” came in North Hills, California. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

The Lessons of Passover

As we conclude this Shabbat Hagadol, we turn our attention towards Pesach, the Feast of Passover, and the significance that it has as the centerpiece of faith for the Jewish people and for us as well. The story of how God related to Moses and prepared him to lead the Israelites has a very real application to us in this generation.

Pesach signifies a season when God hears the cry of His people. He responds to our prayers, even the prayers that we think He has not heard. When He does come down from His throne to meet us, He makes us be His answer to the world. The story of Pesach shows us that God works His solution through a human vessel.

We struggle with reluctance and we labor over our problems, thinking they are bigger than God’s provision. In the story of Pesach, we see God’s determined refusal to not back off from using Moses to be His spokesperson; we see how God equipped and anointed Moses to accomplish His will. Pesach gives us a revelation of how God’s provision is abundantly greater than our limitations. In this Pesach, let’s believe for the end of our reluctance and laboring.

In this generation, God is bringing forth a prophetic community who are commissioned to speak His Word to the nations. Pesach shows us the necessity of first removing the leaven of malice and wickedness within our own hearts and spirits so that when we speak His Word, there is a purity in us that is aligned with God’s will.

Father, we turn to You and, without condemnation, we enter into a Pesach of washing and purifying. Remove from us any impurities that a life under Pharaoh has brought into our spirits. With our hearts made pure, we anticipate the great deliverance of Pesach.

This message titled “The Lessons of Passover” came at Church of the Living Word in North Hills, California. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

There Is A Will Of God

This simple and profound Word launches us into functioning as a prophetic community. We must believe that there is a will of God, and that God has a will for each one of us. Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:35). God is determined that we do His will—even in the little details of our daily lives. We must know His will so we can put our spirit and energy and force into executing it.

We tend to take an attitude of passivity when we don’t know what God’s will is, but like the men and women of the Scriptures, we should seek God’s will every day and determine to walk in it. As we grow in this relationship of knowing and doing God’s will, the Kingdom of God will come forth.

Our daily prayer is, “Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done!” The will of God is the one true force and authority and power in the universe–and as a prophetic community, we can boldly manifest God’s will on earth. God hears those who do His will, so we pray, “Lord, show us Your will; let us know it and delight in it. Our food will be to do Your will.”

This message titled “There Is A Will Of God” came at Church of the Living Word in North Hills, California. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

God’s Compassion To Fulfill His Word Over You

There is a deep impartation we can receive from the experience of Sukkot that is recorded in the Book of Nehemiah. All the people were gathered to Ezra the scribe that they might gain insight into the words of the law. They discovered that the Lord had commanded through Moses that they should live in booths during the feast. So, they did just that. God met them in response to their obedience, and that inspired them to seek the Lord in a new way. In their repentance, they confessed the repeated sins of their fathers and rehearsed God’s faithfulness to always forgive when they turned to Him.

During this Sukkot, we are also finding a new relationship with the Lord and His Word. Talk to the Lord about your life and history. When we simply confess and repent to Him, He will bring us back to His Word, pick us up, and put us back on track. Be open, honest, and unflinching, trusting in His love, compassion, and faithfulness to fulfill His Word for His namesake.

This message titled “God’s Compassion To Fulfill His Word Over You“ came during our Sukkot celebration at the Rayen Resort in North Hills, California. It will be available to hear at Living Word Publications.

Sukkot: The Wilderness Of Life Or Death

Tonight I brought a message titled “Sukkot: The Wilderness Of Life Or Death” at Church of the Living Word in North Hills, California.

Sukkot is a time to remember what God did for the children of Israel in the wilderness. It was a place of preparation and a precursor for entering into the Promised Land. They were transformed out of slavery and into a nation of people who must learn how to live in His presence. Their dependency on God was a matter of life and death; they could not survive without His provision and leading.

God is driven to do good for us and to fulfill His Word over us. As it was with the Israelites, our wilderness experience of life or death contains all that is needed to prepare us to receive the new day that God wants to bring us into.

In this time of Sukkot, let our hearts return to an absolute dependency on Him. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. His presence is with us to guide us into the days of the Kingdom. In His presence, we will learn and become. We will know the truth and it will set us free, but we must be ready for Him to lead us in a way we have not walked before. Approach this Sukkot like none other.

Shabbat Shuvah — He Treads Our Iniquity Under Foot

This evening I brought a message titled “Shabbat Shuvah — He Treads Our Iniquity Under Foot” at a celebration of Shabbat Shuvah at Rayen Resort in North Hills, California.

This special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur only comes once a year and the focus of this night is repentance. Hosea 14:2-9, Joel 2:15-27, and Micah 7:18-20 are beautiful passages which Jews read on this night every year. They speak of returning to the Lord and saying, “Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously.” In these verses, God responds to Israel and speaks of His jealousy and love for them, and talks about how they will be satisfied and will never be put to shame. Micah writes that He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

This is the night in which we see all our sins being tread under God’s foot and cast into the sea of forgetfulness, never to be remembered again. Whatever you are dealing with, make this a night like never before and walk away from your iniquity. Forget it, knowing He has dealt with it.