I Will Raise Up The Fallen Booth of David

I small portion quoted from God is Good by  Pastor Bill Johnson. This book is full of revelation and insight into the present day church. I highly recommend getting a copy to study with your bible right next to it. Or use it for a small group study.

Amos 9:11-12 – “In that day I will raise up the fallen booth of David, and wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by name,” declares the LORD who does this.

The prophet  Amos declared in the last days there would be a rebuilding of this tabernacle of David. The time of fulfillment of this word would be when the Gentiles were added to what God was doing on earth – they too, would become His people . After the Great Commission given to the Church by Jesus to “go into the world”  (Matt. 28:19), followed by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that would help them be effective (see Acts 2), Gentiles began to be added to the Church. It became so controversial that the leaders of the church called a meeting in Jerusalem (see Acts 15) . The conclusion of this gathering of apostolic leaders was the inclusion of Gentiles to the faith was in fact from God. They were to be careful not to burden them with the requirements of the Law that they themselves could not keep. The Old Testament Scripture they used to support this idea was the Amos 9:11-12.  ( quoted from God is Good by Bill Johnson page 81)

 

 

 

 

I Hear His Whisper….. Brian Simmons

I HEAR HIS WHISPER…

“These are days of My cleansing grace”

I am cleansing you over and over and over–washing you in My love and soaking you in My grace. It is true that you are already clean, for the Word of God lives in you and brings forth fruit. But did I not wash My beloved disciples’ feet? Many times your thoughts need My cleaning fire to destroy the lies that seek to lodge in your heart. I will cleanse your thoughts until you will be fixed only on the ways of holiness and purity. I will wash the defilement from your feet until every place you stand will become holy. I set you apart to be fully Mine, and what is it that makes you fully Mine? A surrendered heart and a mind that will carry My thoughts and bring them in love to others.

The sifting of your motives will continue until your conscience is clean before Me. I desire purity, not only outwardly, but with every activity of your life as you walk with motives that are right. Whatever you do, do it as unto Me. Whatever you speak, speak it as the living truths of God. Be wise and alert to the deception that is the greatest deception of all–self deception.

As you go further into My holy paths you will see how I have placed truth deep inside you. Now walk in the truth of My love and your ways will be perfect before Me. You will not follow the crooked ways of using your gift for the admiration of others. You will lay down your crown, your gifts, your meager substance at My feet and I will make it holy. Even as I turned a serpent into the Rod of God for Moses, I will take crooked things within you and grace you with My authority and presence until even your weakness has become strength before Me.

You will not fail, for I am with you. And you will not stumble for I hold you close and omnipotence cannot be defeated. Move forward, set your eyes on Destiny, and I will bring it to pass. Others may stop on their journey and take steps of selfishness, but you, My holy one, you will walk and not faint or be distracted, for the prize of My glory is set before you. Come with Me and I will make you soar. Come with Me and I will make you faithful and true.

Job 5:19 The Passion Translation

“He will deliver you from trouble again and again. No matter what you go through He will rescue you, protecting you from injury.

 

15 Ways to Change the World by Kris Vallotton

Did you know that God never intended the gifts of the Spirit to be confined to the four walls of the Church? Most of the miracles in the Bible took place off the holy highway in the rugged backwoods of the marketplace!

Have you learned how to carry God’s power and authority into the world? If we believers become combative instead of honorably confronting, we’ll reduce our influence to the small pond of the church and render ourselves powerless in the ocean of humanity. We must carry God’s authority into the lives of people and nations through invitation, not through intrusion or invasion. Read more on this week’s blog, 15 Ways to Change the World.http://krisvallotton.com/15-ways-to-change-the-world/

Public Relations…..

None of the miracles of Jesus were given as a public relations move. They all came out of His compassion for people, not to satisfy the need of onlookers for supernatural entertainment.

-Bill Johnson  GOD IS GOOD page 65

God is Good…He is Better Than You Think!

I received this book by Pastor Bill Johnson for Christmas from my daughter and son in law. Wow do they know me! I had mentioned wanting to purchase this so they saved me some money.  Thank you! This book so far has been a huge blessing and so true to God’s word. I would encourage anyone to get a copy and prayerfully read it. The theme is how good God actually is and it will probably challenge some of your beliefs or paradigms. Below is excerpt from page 40 that just blew me away!

Tragically, many forgeries are accepted by believers day after day and then sold to others in the Christian marketplace as authentic revelations of the will of God. They in turn distort the revealed will of God throughout the scriptures, perverting our sense of what He is like. The biggest forgery of all might be teaching that Jesus no longer heals people from sickness and delivers them from torment. Simple examination of Scripture proves that such a concept is a devilish misrepresentation of the One who gave Himself to reveal the Father and redeem humanity. Many good people believe such lies. They must be treated with kindness – they were poisoned with a lie. But equally true that the lies they promote must be exposed as forgeries. What causes me the most grief is that this way of thinking misrepresents the nature of God. It hurts our approach to life, seriously damaging our ability to represent Him as good. Perhaps it’s these forgeries that have been marketed for decades by well-meaning believers that have contributed to the single greatest vacuum in humans consciousness – the  knowledge of the goodness of God.     – Bill Johnson Page 40 of God is Good

I confess that this was me for years and that I promoted a pious self righteous faith that just took me back to a works based system of religion. This book affirms through scripture my identity in Christ and that I no longer have live under a system of legalistic tradition based religion. What freedom this is once you realize the lie ! My wife Connie calls this shaking off the “Fundy dust” (nick name for fundamentalism).  Again I highly recommend this book to any Christian who has ever questioned or doubted the goodness of God. Be honest we all have!

-Chuck

 

So Wake Up, You Living Gateways

It is no secret that I love the new Passion Translation that Brian Simmons has been been publishing. Though not without criticism from those who seem to think it’s their assignment to police Christendom for such works as the Passion Translation. Well anyway it doesn’t change my love for this refreshing look at the scriptures. It has renewed a HOLY SPIRIT driven desire to go deeper and just listen to quietly and soak in the presence of  GOD’S word. Look at the poetic beauty as King David praises God in Psalm 24:7-10…… You can sing this in a new song!  Sing out in the Spirit! Dance like David! Because it will always offend the spirit of accusation of the religious, but GOD just smiles in the pleasure at his sons and daughters knowing their identity. Yes and amen!   :  )>

PSALM 24:7-10 (TPT)

So wake up, you heavenly gateways!

Lift up your heads, you ageless doors of destiny!

Welcome the KING OF GLORY,

for he is about to come through you.

You ask, “Who is this GLORY-KING?”

The LORD armed and ready for battle,

the MIGHTY ONE invincible in every way!

So wake up, you living gateways, and rejoice!

Fling wide, you ageless doors of destiny!

Here he come; the KING OF GLORY is ready to come in.

You ask, “Who is this KING OF GLORY?”

He’s the LORD OF VICTORY, armed and ready for battle,

the MIGHTY ONE,  invincible COMMANDER of heaven’s host!

Yes, he is the KING OF GLORY!

 

 

I Hear His Whisper – Brian Simmons

I HEAR HIS WHISPER…

“Walk with Me another day.”

I am the breath of life to you. When your eyelids fluttered open this day I was there to greet you. You are My new creation, the expression of My Being. Walk with Me another day. This will be a day of beauty and discovery. Pain will disappear when I am near. Greet what comes this day with holy expectancy, knowing that I am able to make you stand, true and faithful to Me.

The substance of your life is found in Me. Your life is to be full of wonder and awe as you come and worship before Me. The inspiration I give to you is My promise: You will not fall, you will not fail, you will stand in radiance, for I am the God of Grace and Power. Take My hand and walk with Me another day.

Only a few more steps, a few more days, and My glory will be unveiled before your eyes. What once was a mystery will become a marvel. Things you have asked of Me and pondered deep in your heart, will soon become reality.

Did you think I did not feel your pain, your grief? I am one with you, joined by Spirit and by Love. I will lift from you the deepest pain, the sorrow that cannot be told to another person, yet I will take it from you in the light of a new day. Come. Prepare your heart for the adventure of today. Take My hand and walk with Me another day.

Psalm 7:9-10 The Passion Translation

“For you are the righteous God, 

the Soul-Searcher,

Who looks deep into every heart

To examine the thoughts and motives.

God, your wrap-around presence

Is my protection, and my defense.

You bring victory to all 

who reach out for you.”

 

Crossroads In our Nation…

As members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful.  Colossians 3:15

To fulfill the Great Commission , I suggest the following focal points for agreement in prayer and fasting:

  1. Unity according to John 17
  2. Global outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT
  3. Pray/Fast for family and friends by name
  4. Laborers for the harvest
  5. Unreached people groups
  6. Fullness of Israel

– taken from Lou Engle  “The Jesus Fast” page 203

"So lift me up and lead me out, and we will run away together – to Your cloud filled chamber!" Song of Songs 1:4