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Good afternoon everyone! I hope all is well with your souls, and if all is not well with your soul then I will tell you who to turn to so it can be, Jesus Christ our only LORD and Savior!

Today we are having a definition lesson. They are the definitions of the spirit of pride and all it's forms. Remember this is for me as much as it is for you. What I learn I pass on to you so all of us can benefit from our Lord.

Pride - Pride is a spirit that reflects our opinion of ourselves or others. 
Examples: 
I am proud of my work, my strength, my wisdom, my accomplishments, my courage and I am proud of yours. 
I am proud of my role as a sister, friend, co-worker, wife and mother. 
I am proud of my children's work, their strength, and their wisdom as a brother or sister, friend, co-worker, wife, husband, and their views toward me being their parent. That is the up side of pride, and the lower side of pride is self-pity.

Self-pity examples: I am too evil for God to save me. My sins are too great for Him to forgive. I am to far gone for Him to bring me back. I am too sick for Him to heal. He is never going to forgive me. Where is my reward, and where is my blessings? When am I going to get something for all the good I have been doing? Why are all these bad things happening to me, doesn't He love me?

Daniel 4:37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise an exalt and glorify the King of Heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

Vain - Vain is a spirit that reflects what we think others should see in us.

example: I think people should recognize what I do and who I am. I think people should see Christ in me.
I think they should recognize what I know. 
How dare everyone ignore me, don't they know who I am. Don't they know I am the teacher, preacher, and a child of God, how dare they treat me this way!

Psalm 127:1-2 Unless the Lord builds the house, it's builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late toiling for food to eat-for he grants sleep for those he loves. 

I hope this study of words helped you as much as it did me. May you and I grow and be blessed together through them as our Lord intends.

ARE WE WILLING TO DIE TO LIVE?



ARE WE WILLING TO DIE TO LIVE?
 
John 12:24-26 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lost it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, my servant will also be. My Father will honor the one who servers me.
 
Jesus died so He could plant many seeds of Himself. Every human being is like a seed growing from the ground and has been planted by someone, who is planting you?
 
  •   Are we planting and growing ourselves by our natural human nature, by doing what we want and living as we want to live by our own understanding of who we are?
  •   Are we following other people planting us by their own natural human nature and understanding, their own words, religious traditions and beliefs?
  •   Or, has God planted us through following His Son through the Cross by way of His understanding and Spiritual nature through His words and instructions?
 
We do not serve Him by us doing things for Him, but we serve Him by surrendering in total faith Spiritually crucifying ourselves for His sake. THEN, He will give us what we need through His Spirit for Him to be able to work in us every day as we crucify ourselves each day. His abundant grace and mercy lifts us past ourselves daily, so we are able to draw others to Him.
 
Today we live in a "selfie world" and many are glorifying themselves and their work in helping others. We have to be willing to lose ourselves, so His eternal life may live in and through us planting many seeds of Himself, not seeds of ourselves, but seeds that draw people to Him.

What is God's definition of A Godly Woman




Lately I have heard people call certain women the Godliest woman they know when they are not the Godliest woman I know. I love them, but they are not the Godliest woman I know. So, I ask God, as I always do, because I do not go by man’s testimony about any human being. I don’t go by my own testimony of who I am either. I go by God’s testimony of who I am. My Lord lived by this wisdom and His Spirit is within me teaching me the same wisdom He lived by. Father, I asked, what makes a Godly woman?
 
He gave me His answer in Proverbs 31, and I will share a few verses with you, so you too will know what a true Godly woman is by God’s definition. All of Proverbs 31 is amazing so read it all if you want to know all.
 
31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
 
Verse 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
 
Verse 27 She watches over her affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness
 
Verse 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeing; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
 
Let’s ask ourselves as women of truth these few questions these verses reveal to us.
 
Verse 25 questions - Are we clothed in God’s strength and His dignity through His Son by way of the Cross? That means have we crucified our own strength and righteousness of being any value and counted on His Strength and His righteousness to be what we live by?
 
The test if we are living by His strength and His dignity is answered in the last part of this verse. Can we laugh at the days to come, meaning do we have joy for our days ahead without fear and worry or do we worry about our future? There are many cares of this world, do we truly have faith in God caring for all those cares for us?
 
Verse 26 questions – Do we speak God’s Word, our own, other man-made myths, wise tales, or some other philosophy? If we do speak His wisdom, is it given faithfully, which means all the time, or is it given when we feel comfortable giving it?
 
Verse 27 questions – Do we watch over our family in how they are living, or do we keep our eyes only on ourselves? Are we idle in the work God has given us to do, are we lazy, or complacent? Do we act like what we do for our family does not matter to us?
 
Verse 30 qestions – Charm is flattery and deceptive. Are we the kind of woman that only looks at the good and continues to flatter others and their goodness? Do we tell people only what they want to hear? Are we pleasing people more than pleasing God?
 
For many of us our beauty is fleeting and someday our beauty will not be as bright as we were when we were young.
Do we get depressed or worry when our twenty-year-old bodies, skin, or hair begins to change?
 
Do we fear the Lord? Do we fear losing His relationship more than any other relationship? Do we want to please Him more than pleasing others? Are we continually in awe of Him more than we are in awe of anyone or anything on this earth?
 
If our answers to any of these questions are drawing us away from God and closer to the world and people than He calls us to repent and begin pleasing Him and holding on what He gives us more than living by our natural human nature and pleasing people and ourselves. 

When we totally have Faith in Him giving us all we need these verses and all the verses in Proverbs 31 will be pouring out of us and people will be drawn to Him, not us, and He will change all who follow His Spirit. Then we can say, “There goes a Godly woman”, or we can hear some one call us a Godly woman and we will be able to answer why she is and why we are by God's testimony through His given Spirit and Word!

Death has no sting for a true Christian





Death Has No Sting for a True Christian

It has been five days of living life to the fullest during life’s changing circumstances. My mother in-law of thirty-one years passed through the gates of Heaven last Friday around 1:00 p.m. and her empty body was buried yesterday around 4 p.m.

She had been suffering for eight years with Alzheimer’s and her family and many others have been praying for eight years for our Heavenly Father to end her suffering any way He chooses. We know all things are possible through His power and grace, when and where we do not know, but we never give up!

Her devoted husband took care of her every day for those eight years while some family members worked hard and visited them, some could visit more than others, and some could not visit at all due to their own circumstances, but they all prayed. Please pray for her husband he will be the one who must adapt into his new life the most. Eight years of caring for her in their home until she passed through the gates of Heaven is many days on earth to take care of a loved one. It will be an adjustment for Him, but those who truly know our Heavenly Father know they can do all things through Him who gives them strength.

For some of the family members our last prayer together before she passed through the gates of Heaven was Friday morning at sun up. After most of us slept in chairs or on the hard floor waiting for her soul and spirit to be taken up by the angles of light and other heavenly human spirits that have gone before her.

A few minutes after our prayer a few of us went outside to welcome the new day and up above the house in the blue sky was a double rainbow. No rain clouds in sight, nor had it rained the night before. There above was only the sun shining on this double rainbow over the house we were in, telling us through its brilliance to remain faithful, patient, and to remind us He is in control and He hears. A rainbow is one of His signs to let us know He keeps His promises. When and where they unfold we do not know.

By the early afternoon her soul and spirit were taken by the angles of light out of the gates from this earth into the gates of Heaven to meet our Lord and Father in person and face to face! She is also meeting with all the spirits of the singing angles and those other Holy Spirit touched human spirits that had gone before her. She is seeing a place so beautiful she could never understand in her human body. Heaven is too bright and beautiful for our human eyes and body to withstand and understand.

She is completely healed, and all her suffering is no more, she has no worries, sorrows, or struggling concerns. She will never have any tears of sadness from suffering ever again for eternity. From her passing to everlasting all her suffering is gone! There is no end of time where she is! Where she is by far is greater than anyone or anything on this earth! Let us rejoice in thinking of her and what she has gained and not ourselves and what we are missing. We can always ask Him for help in turning our grief to joy, and He will always help us and give us all we need to overcome any heartbreak! He never will leave us or forsake us; let us not leave or forsake Him.

Thank you, Father, for always showing us your Heavenly miracles, signs, and wonders we cannot explain, and thank you for giving us the mind, eyes and heart to see them through your indwelling Spirit your word proclaims!

Beyond our imagination













Our Heavenly Father, the Creator of all things, created us humans with what we call imagination. It is so big and wide it can hold His limitless wisdom and knowledge through His Spiritual power and Word of truth. 

John 3:34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God give the Spirit without limit.

Before we speak through Him, think through Him, and grow in Him, it begins in our imagination through His given Holy Spirit. 

How we use all He gives us through His Holy Spirit is up to us. What He does with all He gives goes beyond our imagination.

Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen

Are souls walking away from the correction of God?



NIV - Proverbs 10:17 He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

KJV - He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction, but he that refuseth reproof erreth

This Word from God is talking about God's discipline and God's correction within a person and through a person that one receives through Jesus Christ our Lord. It is not talking about any other discipline or correction.

Let us break it down so we may all get it clear in our hearts and mind. Lets go to the Hebrew translation.

1)The Hebrew word for way is 'oradi, it sounds like o-rakh. It means how a person lives within himself. The path or the spiritual direction they are going in by what they receive within themselves.  

Jesus said, "I am the way, truth and life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (14:6)

3) What spiritual life we keep determines the spiritual way we are going. What life are you following?

The Hebrew word for life is chay and it sound like khah'-ee. It means reviving,(bring back to life consciousness) active, resurrected presence within a person. This life given Spirit we receive from Christ is active and living in us resurrecting us beyond ourselves.

3)What spiritual instruction we are living by will manifest our spiritual way. If we are walking toward Him or away from Him. What words are you getting your instructions from? God or man?

The Hebrew word for this instruction is muwcar, it sounds like moo-sawr. It means a disciplining correction or chastening. 

In a worldly comparison it would be used when a father disciplines a child when the child's way of life is going in the wrong direction, which is proof the father truly loves their child regardless if the child loves the father or not because of it.

Paul gives this example when God our Father through Jesus Christ disciplines us and we are not to ignore and walk away from His discipline if we want to please Him, we should be embracing it because this is the proof he truly does love us. (Hebrews 12)

Those who want to ignore or refuse the way, life, and disciplining  correction from God what happens? This also will reveal who we are and the lost direction we are going in walking away from God.

4)The next word we will intently observe is ignore or refuse.
The Hebrew word is 'azab and it sounds like azab-aw-zab. It means to depart from, forsake, let go of, apostate or neglect.

This means we will be letting go of God's correcting truth and instructions. We will be ignoring His rebukes and corrections that prove he loves us because we do not want to listen to Him as the Lord or authority over our lives.We would rather listen to our own reasoning and understanding, the world, or others that we love greater than Him. What happens to a person when they are ignoring or letting go of God's correction?

5)The next word correction or reproof is a much harsher word than the first disciplining of God after we ignore his first rebuke this word is towkechah it sounds like to-kay-khaw. It means a stripping of strength, reasoning, and wisdom.

"By their fruit you will recognize them" our Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples. ( Matthew 7:16)The fruit of a person is what a person pours out of their mind and hearts by the wisdom and attitudes they posses. It can also mean the fruits of their labor meaning what they are receiving for their labor with money or the proof of people changing around them. It can also mean if they are producing proof of God's work in them by the way they are changing. 

A person who lives continually through a fearful anxious spirit does not portray a faithful fruit bearer of God, nor does a prideful arrogant soul that promotes themselves above everyone else. These spirits reveal a person ignoring and walking away from God. A person that seeks success, money, goals or accomplishments being greater than His relationship does not reveal the fruits of Christ and His Spirit being the head and leader of their lives, they too, are spirits and souls walking away from God.

Jesus said, "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.(Matthew 5:24)

"This means a person cannot have two "Gods" because you will be devoted to the one and despise the other and today this is proven to be true by the way people are living their lives.This is not only about money being a idol. There are many idols I see today we can all put above Him.

The two "masters" I see occupying many lives are putting ourselves before Him, others before Him, money before Him, and accomplishments and our plans before Him. It has to be Him and Him alone and all these other things will come, but they will be shadows compared to Him and His relationship in our lives. Today He has become the shadow and all these other gods have become brighter.

6)The next word reveals our inter turmoil and the way we are going. The word erreth (error) or astray in Hebrew is Ta'ah and it sounds like taw-aw. It means a person will be mentally and morally going down the wrong path of deception because they did ignore and walk away from His correction and rebuke. 

If we are willing to deny ourselves ( crucify ourselves) and carry our cross daily with all He gives us of himself in faith we will become His disciples and want to live by His correction, His ways, and His teachings, with a life resurrected giving Spirit now and for eternity with Him in Heaven. If not we will be going astray toward a life of deception that leads us to a road of destruction and misery for eternity with Satan in Hell. Not only will we be living a life of deception going astray but we will be leading others in that same direction.


The choice is yours and mine, do we want to receive, attain, and live the way and life He gives us through His Spirit? By way of His correction and discipline, or live the way we want to without Him, turning our backs to Him as our Savior and Lord?

I want to live by my Heavenly Father's instructions, corrections, discipline and ways through His Given Spirit that crucifies me so His life giving Spirit can continue to resurrect His life in me taking me far beyond myself. He is the only perfect Heavenly Father there is, and His Son is the only way, truth, and life to know Him. I want to walk toward Him not away from Him!

Are you being choked and don't realize it?


 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Luke 8:18 The seed (word) that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature.
 
There are times when it seams we are not maturing as we should with our relationship with the Lord. We hear His word, we swallow it, but the worries of life can choke it right out of us because we have riches and pleasures on earth that are closer to our hearts than He is.
 
The riches and pleasures in this world can be material things, but they can also be your wives, husbands and children and your time with them. It may sound horrible to some people but to God our families are like thorns choking His life out of us if we put them above Him. Many of us are being choked by our worries of our families if they are our greatest riches and pleasures in this life. His ways of thinking is much different than our ways of thinking.

If your time with them fills your heart with more love than your time with the Lord or if their relationship fills your heart with more love than His relationship then you will choke on His word, you will not retain it because you are more worried about losing them, their happiness, their security far more than losing Him, His relationship and the joy and love He wants to bring you. 

You will not mature in His relationship and He will not be able to work in you and through you as He wants in your life. You will be missing far more from Him than you are gaining from your family and so will they. Not only will you be missing out on what He has for you, they may be closer to you than to Him and they will be missing out what He has for them as well.
 
God wants you to be more loyal to Him by obedience and trust than being loyal and trusting in your family for your joy and peace. He also does not want you to worry about losing them or providing for them in what they need, more than worrying about losing Him, and Him being the one who provides you and them with what they need. To put Him first means to put Him first. 

What He gives a person should be more important than what anyone on earth can give a person to complete them, so they are not lacking nothing for themselves or their family. God did not make people to be the ones to complete one another, they were made for God, so He could be the one that completes them.
 
Today the “US” voice and message is becoming much louder in the world than the GOD and JESUS gospel message. The “US” message is louder in the media through television, movies, and all social media outlets, and it is drawing more and more followers. 

They have a television show called “US” that is high on the rating scale and has many followers on the social media outlets. This show is only about a family and how they help one another, not how God can help the family through Jesus Christ our Lord. It is beautifully made, very touching, and seams to bring all the charters to who they want to be for one another. One of Satan’s greatest tools to use to draw us away from God is the people that we love most, and this show is a perfect example of how He works.
 
Luke 14:25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus and turning to them he said: If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brother and sisters – yes, even his own life- he cannot be my disciple.
 

Large crowds are traveling with Jesus today through His Spirit and Word and He speaks the same thing to them through His Spirit and Word. This hate Luke recorded Jesus saying is a revelation from God how much more we are to love Him above our family and friends. 

Those of us who truly want the truth in who completes “us” more than anything on earth needs to turn to Him for what He can only give so the “us” can be what the “us” were made for. It is NOT ALL ABOUT US, it is ALL ABOUT HIM IN US. We were not made for each other but for Him, so He can live in and through each of us that takes us far above and beyond the “us” we can be on our own.

His love should always come first and now I am passing it on to you.

What does the face of persecution look like in the Corporate world?











What does the face of persecution look like in the Corporate World?
 
The face of persecution doesn't look any different in the corporate world than any parts of the world an individual Christian walks. The face of persecution looks the same in their business life, family life, community life, or in their "religious" life. God does not separate himself from any parts of the world He places one of His true reborn Children in, but many people that claim to be His do.
 
A true Christian will face persecution in any individual walk His Spirit goes, not because of who they are, but because of who He is. If He is in us He wills to go where He wants to go, not where we choose to glorify Him.
 
There are many false prophets in the world in all walks of life. These are some "faces" of persecution you will see in any walk of life, and if you are a true Christian in the "corporate" world you will see the face of persecution in this world as you do in any other.
 
How you respond will reveal if He is real or falsely being a witness in you for everyone you face in the corporate world as in any walk of life. They will only want to be around those that love and honor them. They may appear very humble to other human beings but to God, they are not.
 
1) The face of persecution will appear humble to man but not to God.
 
They will always glorify themselves or others as they give the testimony of their success, and many will follow this same glorification process. They will be representing their natural human nature of perseverance, faith in themselves, and faith in others that supported them to get where they are.
 
2) They will claim they are “Christians" but only at "church." Some may even claim to have His anointed power for a ministry leader in their "religious" body of believers.
 
3) They will have many accomplishments, higher education levels, and proof of their success in the world.
 
4) In the corporate world, they will rarely, if any, say or write the name of Jesus Christ or claiming Him being their Lord of their life or Savior delivering them from their sinful nature.
 
5) They will have a huge following in the "corporate" world as well as in their "religious" world. They will be honored by all, but they will have no love for God in their hearts, and they will have knowledge of the Bible very well.
 
HOW DOES A TRUE CHRISTIAN RESPOND?
 
A true Christian man or woman will always respond through His Spiritual faithful truth, love, and guidance if He is loved more than themselves or others. These will remain in His beloved children as they pour out ONLY what He can pour into them, and they let the consequences of how others respond to HIM and HIS truth fall where they may.
 
If a true child of God wants to walk in the Will of God, they will not be drawn away from His Spirit or Words regardless of the persecution they face. If they become full of hatred and anger, mock, or resentment they will put out the fire of His Spirit and love that protects their heart through any persecution in any walk of life they are in.
 
His children are placed in a time such as this to be a Witness of Him by the Spirit He gives, not to be a witness to their power, their righteousness, and their wisdom of getting where they are.
 
His children may be fired, feel all alone, rejected or accepted as the gift He has given them and through them for others. His children will always speak as He spoke and walk as He walked through the same Spirit His Son was given by His Father is given to them by that same Heavenly Father. Because a true Christian is sent as our Lord was sent being One with the Heavenly Father as He was One with the Heavenly Father. Jesus is the fullness of God in bodily form and through Him, His children are too where ever they go.
 
I pray this helps His children test themselves and others around them they are following. It surely has helped me in all my years of listening to Him above any other voice.
 
As our Lord told His true disciples, He still tells His true disciples, "Watch out for false prophets, they come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit, you will recognize them."
 
Are you watching, and if you are watching, who is in you that you are you watching with or through?  Your natural nature, or His Spiritual? 
Only through His Spirit in you can you recognize the falseness in you and through you in others. We can always leave the falsehood behind and begin walking and speaking in His True Spirit of truth.

Who has planted you?


















Matthew 15:13 He replied, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit."

This past week I had Jury duty. I was amazed at how many people did not want to be where they were planted. There were forty two in my group and only two wanted to be where they were planted. I pondered if any of them were planted by my Heavenly Father in this secular world we live in. If so, why were they wanting so desperately to be planted someone where else or to be doing other things in this world rather than be where they were called to be?

I understand there may be hardships that is more important than "jury duty" that will allow many to be excused, but "Jury duty" is our governments way to prove justice is lived out in our country the way it is suppose to be.

Like I have said and written many times I am a rare bird. A rare bird does not mean there is only one bird in the world that is like it, it means there are only a few. 

Matthew 7:13 (Jesus said) Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Like Jesus I want to be anywhere my Father has planted me, sharing His word and works so others may be drawn to him in any setting I have been planted in through His given Spirit. I learned a great deal during the jury process and I talked to many "Christians" and the different ways they saw Jesus and the work of His amazing grace. I did not get chosen for the jury but I left His word and works for many to ponder.

Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

If you find yourself not wanting to be where you are planted look at whether you are completing your Heavenly Father's will being full of His joy where ever He has planted you in life because you are there to reflect His image through His words and deeds as He wills, and let the relationships and circumstances fall where they may.

Do not be anxious, inpatient, complaining, or fearful about anywhere he has placed you because if you are His He you know He has planted you to reflect Him and the truth of who He is in your life. You are witnesses sent into the world to witness who He is where ever He has placed you.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Where ever you are, what ever you are doing, or what ever you have to face each day, talk to God about it and obey His Word and His peace will guard your heart has you obey Him. His peace is not your own peace or the peace someone else can give you, His peace transcends any other peace. That means it goes much deeper and raises you above yourself and this world into His Kingdom you cannot see, touch or feel physically. Spiritually through His Spirit of truth He gives your mortal body, spirit, and soul life beyond the natural no matter where He plants you!

This is one of my favorite descriptions of a person that is planted by God in this world and I hope it describes all of His reborn children. If not, you ca turn to Him now and pray. Tell them the truth of what you are lacking of Him, He will give you the gift of repentance that leads to His deliverance. What He gives us of Himself transcends all natural human nature and this secular world!

Psalm 1:l-3 
Blessed is the man (human-being) who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. What ever he does prospers.

Until next time my prayer is that you receive today and everyday all He has for you in all His ways He can give it!

What kind of mission are you on and who made you a missionary?







What kind of mission are you own and who made you a missionary?





With all these storms, wars, terrorist attacks, poverty, and homeless increasing all over the world there are many missions increasing all over the world.  Many missions are controlled by the needs of people and many people are helping other people.
 
The world will cry out united in all ways, but God calls out to the world we can only be united in Him. This is the great stumbling block the world faces each day until they abandoned all to Him. Each mission has missionaries that hears a call to complete their mission.  Who is calling and who is answering that call will determine the outcome and purpose of the mission and the identity of the missionary. God has His own view of what His mission is and who will complete His missionary work.
 
John 20:21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
 
Jesus tells us that His Father’s missionaries are sent out into the world by Jesus just as He was sent out into the world by His Father, and His peace will always guide them where ever He places them.
 
What most missionaries are controlled by are the needs of people but not the missionaries sent by God through Jesus Christ. The most controlling factor in a Christian’s mission is the Lord Himself. The goal for His children is to be true to Him, keep their eyes on Him, His purpose and His plan. He tells us not to keep our eyes on people, the circumstance, our plan, or our purpose. He will always expose what He wants us to see, hear and do to benefit all.
 
Today our personal attachment to Him and His view point is being overlooked more and more when we go on the mission field whether it is across the street, another state, or around the world. We forget the Cross, why He was crucified and why He saved us from Sin quickly when we take our eyes off Him, and Satan wants us to forget that.
 
One of Satan’s great snares is to put the needs of the people ahead of God’s call to the point that human sympathy for those needs become so enormous and the conditions so difficult we get our minds off Him and forget to draw people to Him and make disciples of all nations. That is something Satan does not want and many people fall into this trap. When we begin putting our sympathy for others ahead of God’s relationship is when we will get tired and weary by the overwhelming circumstances we are placed in.
 
God tells us through John to test all the spirits because not all spirits are of Him. If you know His Spirit you will know how He works in you. He will always test the other spirits around you if He is in you. If you have abandoned all to Him you have no control over Him testing other spirits because that is what He does when you have fully abandoned all to Him. When your soul rest in Him He works in and through you.
 
A true Christian will begin seeing through His eyes, hearing from His ears, and speaking from His words. Peter tells us not to be surprised at the painful trails as though something strange was happening to us. I was surprised at first, and I thought something strange was happening to me.  
Because I was seeing, thinking, and speaking differently I began suffering the sufferings of Christ through persecution from false prophets. Most false prophets are living in deception and illusions thinking they are on the right path. 

They are only faced with their deception when they cannot prove what they are saying through His Word and Spirit. It is up to them to accept His truth and reject the lie, and some do and some don't. It does not matter how severe the percussion is there are many kinds, and many levels.
 
1 Peter 1:12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trail you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, your blessed for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
 
He also tells His children how they will know when it is the Spirit of God and the spirit of false hood or the anti-Christ. This testing of the spirits will be experienced in every reborn child’s life that has surrendered all to Him daily.
 
1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
 
Notice God tells us through John many false prophets have gone out into the world, and God will always expose them to you. I believe since then they have multiplied along with the growing population, and I do believe they will increase as time passes. He then tells us how we can and will recognize them if His Spirit is in us and we are focused on Him, and not human beings.
 
1 John 4:2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ has come into the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus Christ is not from God. This is the spirit of the anti-Christ, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
 
This is a very powerful statement that most “Christians” today are afraid to proclaim. This means every person that has not acknowledged Jesus Christ has come into the flesh is a part of the anti-Christ movement. Today the media is full of truthful humanity stories that prove how great the human spirit is. There are many movies, books, and countless testimonies shared everyday elevating the human spirit and how hand in hand the human spirit reaches out to help one another, but they do not acknowledge Jesus Christ has come into the flesh and He has sent them to heal them spiritually, emotionally, physically, intellectually.
 
Spirits live in people and it is the spirits that make a person part of who they are. There are natural human spirits that will glorify themselves and other natural human spirits that elevate human wisdom, human strength, human knowledge, human understanding and human natural love. They are apart of the world and they listen to the view point of the world. 

They are part of the anti-Christ. That is why Jesus says, “Pagans love Pagans”, what good does that do anyone. They are the blind leading the blind.
 
That does not mean His children will hate their enemies it means through His love they will love all people and pray for those that persecute them because of Him and why He came. They will mourn for them, they will bless them, and do good to those that hate them despite how they are treated because Christ saved them when they were strangers to His ways, thinking, and teachings before they received Him.
 
Matthew 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, love your neighbor and hat your enemy. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
 
That also does not mean a Christian will not be timid in acknowledging Jesus Christ has come into the flesh among any unbelievers or false prophets regardless of how the unbelievers or false prophets respond to the Christian because He and what He gives them is greater than them, and anyone in the world. There is no greater blessing in life than sharing the love of God from the Cross of Christ with another person whether the other person thinks it is a blessing or not His children know it is by all He has given them.
 
We can easily be lead thinking the purpose of our great mission is the elevation of the people, their education, their drinking of clean water, them getting enough food to eat, and them getting shelter. God says our first and foremost purpose is to lead them to Christ so He can make them disciples as He did us. When we do not share the gospel it only gives them a  “quick fix” that will only last a short time. 

A true Christian wants everyone to live an abundant life now in Him, be forgiven of their sins, and receive His righteousness. They want Him to begin working in everyone now if they are willing to take the first step with Him into eternity. That should be our utmost desire for ourselves and all people for His sake.
 
When one of His children belong to Him and they are own one of His mission trips through His Spirit they will never grow tried or weary they will be given life that overcomes their circumstances in a supernatural way. 

Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tried and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

Moses was eighty when he led the Israelites out of Egypt because He was given the power to overcome all the circumstances the multitude faced for forty years. 

All who came before and after Moses who God had chosen out of the world was less than His Son and His Given Spirit all His reborn children have received from Him. If Moses was eighty and could do what God called Him to do because of all the power God had given Him to do it. Moses only trusted God each step he took and he did not know what was ahead. I am sure when true Christians go out into the world to help others He will provide for them all they need to lead others to Him and He will get the glory and the praise.
 
Humans often give credit to human strength, human wisdom, human awareness, and human integrity, more than we praise Him or acknowledge Him. Humans love praising other humans to the point they forget God’s purpose and the Cross. That happens all the time when humans gather together and that is a snare all of us can fall into.When a true Christian is a missionary sent by God they proclaim it is the mind of God that He has given them that gives them their faith, love, hope, desires, wisdom, and strength. His divine guidance is always proclaimed through his true children that are willing to be taught by a Father that wants to teach them. 

They are the one’s foolish enough to trust God’s wisdom and His supernatural gifts of Himself through His Spirit to work in and through them. They will never hesitate to give Him the glory, and the praise acknowledging Jesus Christ has come into their flesh to be poured out into all the world.
 
Who are you giving credit, praise and glory to will determine whose mission you are own and who has made you a missionary. Who are you giving the credit, praise, and glory to, yourself, others, or God through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord? Are we acknowledging Him through all His Spirit He has given us in our flesh to glorify Him? 

If the answer is not Him and you want it to be, then ask Him to give you the courage to step up and proclaim Him, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior that has come into you to live more and more!
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