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Rehearse The Living Word From Generation to Generation

As we conclude the time of Sukkot, we enter into the days of Simchat Torah, which means the joy of Torah. This Word shows us the importance of this time. When the Israelites were ready to take the promised land after 40 years of wandering in the wilderness because of their unbelief, Moses made clear to them the importance of remembering the Word of God and teaching it to generations to come. As with the Israelites, we must ask ourselves, “Are we going to make the same mistakes of the past? Or have we learned our lesson? Can we keep that lesson alive for us and for our children?” The answer is in rehearsing the Word, in binding it to our hearts.

Let us find the foundations of our faith, what God has called us to be, and what He has spoken to us. Faith comes by hearing the Word, so we do this by rehearsing His Word and remembering that He is mighty and powerful enough to provide us with what He has promised.

This message titled “Rehearse The Living Word From Generation to Generation” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

His Divine Power Grants Us Possession Of The Promises

The Israelites’ time in the wilderness was a consequence of their unbelief. In this Feast of Tabernacles message, we open our hearts to the lesson the Lord wants to impart to us out of their experience.

God exercised great power when He delivered the Israelites from Egypt, not only to judge Egypt, but also to impress upon His people His great strength and authority. However, when the Israelites were ready to enter the promised land, it was occupied by nations greater and stronger than they were (Deuteronomy 7:1). God wanted them to stand in awe and watch Him move with His power and might to rid the promised land of the oppressors and give the Israelites what He had promised them, but their response was to shrink back in fear and unbelief.

Their story shows us a pattern. Whenever God gives a promise, it takes His power and His authority to fulfill it. Just as God’s promise and covenant to Israel are eternal and forever, so are His promises to us. We are positioned to enter into these promises, but they are oppressed and restrained by the powers of darkness. We must believe that He is strong and capable enough to fulfill what He has promised (II Peter 1:3-4).

In this time of Sukkot, we cry out to You Lord to avenge us speedily and remove the spirits that are sitting as a restraint on the promises that belong to us as our heritage.

This message titled “His Divine Power Grants Us Possession Of The Promises” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Tabernacles – Remembering The Wilderness

As we rehearse the story of the Israelites in the wilderness during Sukkot, let us remember their absolute dependency on the Lord for everything they needed to survive (Deuteronomy 8:2-3). We celebrate Tabernacles with thanksgiving, remembering that everything we have is by the grace of God.

I spoke about this during a campout weekend at Hale O Nā Kāula, and you can listen to this short message below.

 

 

God’s Grace To See, Hear, And Understand

There is a cry in our spirits to see God unfold more revelation and understanding of the Scriptures. The Living Word Fellowship was born out of our founder John Stevens being granted revelation insight from the Scriptures. We want to continue to see God, through His grace, unfold mysteries of His Word for us today.

In Matthew 13, Jesus explained to His disciples that the eyes of the people had been blinded so they had no understanding. The disciples were blessed because they saw, but this sight and understanding was only granted to them by God’s grace. When the Lord met Paul, He struck him blind. But when the scales were removed from his eyes, Paul was set free in his mind and heart to understand the mysteries of the Scriptures.

God has much more to reveal to us in His Word, and the ability to see and hear it will be granted by God’s grace. We must spend time studying the Word. Like Paul, who was one of the most learned men in Torah, when God opens up to us the Word by His grace, the mysteries in the Scriptures will be understood by revelation. Lord, in our obedience, and by the granting of Your grace, let us search out that which You have concealed (Proverbs 25:2).

This message titled “God’s Grace To See, Hear, And Understand” came at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Our Love Relationship With The Jewish People

For too long, the church has taken a stance of trying to convert the Jewish people to Christianity. In this message, we learn that the Jewish identity is sacred to God and should not be tampered with. “Israel has been saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation.” (Isaiah 45:17). One of the fundamental points of the Jewish faith is belief in this salvation. As Christians, our concept of salvation is very different than the reality for the Jewish people, who are already separated unto God through His covenant with Abraham. Gentiles need salvation through Christ to be delivered out of the kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of God’s beloved Son.

Ignorance is a powerful weapon that has been behind much of the persecution and negativity against the Jewish people. I encourage the Body of Christ to become educated about Judaism and God’s relationship with His people. I Corinthians 13 says that when we see through a glass darkly, the best thing to do is move in love. With love we can bless the Jewish people, remind them of the Word over them in the Scriptures, and express sorrow for what the church has been to them. Father, give us a more perfect understanding of Your plan for Your people.

This message titled “Our Love Relationship With The Jewish People” came at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

A Clearer Understanding About God’s Judgment

This Word gives us a clear picture of what the coming of God’s Kingdom will look like. Jesus taught us to pray “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” This is to be a daily demand. However, you cannot separate His Kingdom from His righteous judgment.

Like the widow in the parable of the unjust judge, our responsibility as a school of prophets is to persistently cry for justice. “Now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:7-8).

Faith is knowing that He will render justice, and that becomes the strength in our prayer. Lord, let us be those who come to Your throne every day. Let the courts sit and let Your righteous justice be rendered.

This message titled “A Clearer Understanding About God’s Judgment” came at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Shiloh University Commencement Ceremony 2018

I had the honor of delivering the commencement address for Shiloh University’s fifth annual graduation ceremony. The heart of Shiloh University is expressed in the Jewish roots of our faith: to pass down the transformational Word of God from generation to generation. “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).

Shiloh University is a mission and a ministry. It is about learning through relationships. It is about having a transformational meeting with God and writing the Word on your heart. Then as you tell the story, you teach, impart, and transform the lives of others.

This message titled “Shiloh University Commencement Ceremony 2018” came at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

The Two-Edged Sword Of Obedience And Confirmation

How are we going to move in the obedience the Lord is requiring of His people? In the structure of the church, there must be a way in which this revelation of obedience and submission is housed. The answer is in establishing a clear path for requesting and receiving greater confirmation.

The story of Gideon gives us a perfect picture of this principle of confirmation. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and gave him a Word to defeat the Midianites, Gideon asked God for confirmation three separate times. God did not only honor Gideon’s requests, He went above and beyond to provide confirmation that Gideon didn’t even ask for.

When God asks us to do something, it is easy to feel inadequate and fearful. However God is never offended by a submissive heart that seeks confirmation. Confirmation provides the strength and boldness you need to walk in what He has asked you to do. Our church structure should be a ministry and blessing that strengthens and emboldens its people. God help us to create a clear path to walk in greater confirmation.

This message titled “The Two-Edged Sword Of Obedience And Confirmation” came at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Confirmation — The Safeguard For Our Absolute Obedience

This Word addresses the concerns for deception within the structure of divine order in the church. As we move to establish the Kingdom of God, our complete submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in a pure, divine order is essential. We must submit to our elders and leaders, just as it says in Hebrews 13:17. However, we also have to recognize that these authorities are imperfect humans. There must be safeguards in place against the abuse of authority so that we do not have leaders who, like Saul, are deceived into disobedience. The safeguard against this deception is seeking confirmation, just as Peter and the apostles sought for in a oneness of heart as described in Acts 15. Every member of the Body of Christ, including the leaders, must boldly seek confirmation for the Word that is given to them.

Let’s pray for the Lord to give us wisdom. We are set to be obedient and submissive as a people. We must have a divine order that will keep us safe and give us the freedom to be absolutely obedient to walk in God’s ways.

This message titled “Confirmation — The Safeguard For Our Absolute Obedience” came at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

A Word To The Young Adults: God Wants To Be Your Focus

In a Word to the Young Adults School of Prophets, I talked about the importance of having a hunger for God and His Word. God has blessed this generation with an abundance of energy and time, so they are better able to seek Him. However, when they experience this time in their lives their tendency is to get distracted from God. God told the Israelites that when they come into the abundance of the promised land, they should not follow the gods of the people surrounding them (Deuteronomy 6:14). We, too, are influenced by a spirit realm of beings that seem stronger than we are. Having been baptized in the Holy Spirit, we should ask the Lord for perception and discernment about the natural and spiritual realms that influence our daily lives. God is more powerful than all these other spirits and when we make Him our only focus, He deals with them on our behalf.

This message titled “A Word To The Young Adults: God Wants To Be Your Focus” came at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa. It will be available at Living Word Publications.