Sabtu, 08 Juli 2017

What is the Testimony of Jesus?

What is the Testimony of Jesus?
by Chip Brogden
The very essence of the prophetic word revolves around the Testimony of Jesus.

The grand finale of Scripture records a great battle between the Overcomers and the Spirit of Antichrist concerning the Testimony of Jesus.

What is the Testimony of Jesus? Why does the prophetic word revolve around this Testimony? Why does this Testimony attract so much rage, spiritual conflict and opposition? And what does it mean to have or to bear this Testimony?

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GOD'S HOUR of POWER

GOD'S HOUR of POWER
by David Wilkerson

When Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding in Cana
(John 2), He was  giving His disciples -- and His Church to come --
an illustrated sermon. Our Lord never did anything or spoke any
word that wasn't eternally significant. Everything that Scripture
records about Him points to the unchanging nature and workings of God.

Jesus' "hour" (John 2:4) had to do with something that was
happening at the feast. That is, His hour of power came when
there was no wine left in the bottles. This happens to us when we
are empty of solutions, when all our human efforts are in vain --
and only a miracle can solve our problem.

We find this principle at work throughout the Bible: In man's
darkest hour, the Lord has a history of manifesting His power.
When we come to our wits' end, God has already prepared a
great work of deliverance on our behalf.

Scripture gives us examples of this principle. Judges 6 finds
Israel in a period of awful impoverishment. Year after year,
God's people were rendered helpless by a marauding enemy:
the vicious Midianites. When this enemy arrived, God's people
fled to the hills for safety, hiding in caves. Meanwhile their
enemy stole their crops and herds and destroyed everything
they'd built, leaving Israel completely "without sustenance" or
in a spiritual death.

Israel's impoverished condition continued year after year. Yet
it was in this dark hour that God manifested His power on behalf
of His people. Indeed, the Lord performed His deliverance by
choosing the poorest man from the poorest family in the poorest
tribe in Israel: Gideon. His cry reflected the pain of the people of
Israel. "O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this
happened to us? And where are all His miracles?" (Judges 6:13).

You are probably familiar with his story. God sent an angel to
Gideon and along with three hundred other men, using only
trumpets and torches, the men broke the power of the Midianites
and Israel was miraculously delivered!

Their hour of darkness became God's hour of power!

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When Kings Go Out to Battle

When Kings Go Out to Battle
(En Español)
The Effects of a Passive Spirit
Scripture contains many examples of David's valor. As a young man, for instance, while others trembled, David was ready and eager to face Goliath. David is an example of a man who was chosen by God, whose passions for God sustained him for most of his life.
Yet David also provides an example for us of what happens to good people when a passive spirit triumphs. For there was an occasion when David did not pursue his enemies, and the consequences were grave. It happened because he allowed a passive spirit to subdue his will.
"Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem" (2 Sam. 11:1).
During a time of war, the king accepted a passive spirit into his soul. Soon we find this great warrior king almost helpless to resist the unfolding spiritual attack.
"Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance" (2 Sam. 11:2).
The woman was Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. From the moment David accepted the influence of that passive spirit, his resistance was weakened; a paralysis of conscience occurred. Scripture says that "when evening came David arose from his bed." Perhaps it was customary to rest in the afternoon, but it strikes me as inconsistent for David to nap while his men fought. It is possible that this nap was not a response to a bodily need but an expression of the slumber that gripped his soul. He was in bed until "evening."
This heaviness of soul resting on David was actually part of a larger, synchronized spiritual attack. The other part of that battle was the quiet, inner prompting that stirred Bathsheba to bathe in a place where David could see her. Finally, David, unable to resist, and in defiance of his noble qualities, "sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her" (2 Sam. 11:4).
Dear friend, remember: This terrible moral failure was not driven by David's lust or flagrant rebellion to God. A passive spirit introduced David to his sin! The problem was simply that, in a time when the kings went forth to war, David stayed at home.
We ourselves are in a time of war. The Spirit of God is calling us to renounce a spiritually passive life and fight for the sake of our souls -- as well as our families, cities, churches and nations. Indeed, God's Word reveals that "the Lord will go forth like a warrior, He will arouse His zeal like a man of war. He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry. He will prevail against His enemies" (Isa. 42:13).
Is that holy fight in you? Jesus rebuked the church in Laodicea for being lukewarm (Rev. 3:16). In Matthew 25:5, again, the Lord warned of a spiritual drowsiness that would the church would have to overcome.
Is there a war cry in your spirit? If you are born again, that cry is within you, even if it has been muted by lethargy.
You see, we will never succeed as overcomers without carrying in our spirits the war cry of God. We must stop resisting the call to prayer; we must embrace the reality of spiritual warfare; and we must fight with the weapons of warfare that God has given us (Eph. 6), both for our own progress and also on behalf of those we love.
Conversely, the moment you surrender your will to a passive attitude, you should anticipate that a temptation appropriate to your weakness will soon follow. It may not be Bathsheba; it may be pornography on the Internet. Or it may be a coworker who begins to look attractive at a time when you and your spouse are struggling. Whatever the area of weakness in your life, Satan will seek to exploit that area. It will likely not be a bold, obvious assault. The enemy will approach you quietly, in whispers, relaxing your spiritual guard. If the enemy succeeds in this first stage of his assault, you will soon find yourself wrapped up in something that can devastate you and your loved ones.
Lord, I live in a wicked and perverse world. Yet I come to You for strength. Help me to discern the enemy and resist his deceptions, especially the deception of a passive spirit. In this time when kings go out to battle I repent of being spiritually passive. I take up the full armor of God and unsheathe the sword of the Spirit, which is Your word. Help me to walk as more than a conqueror through Your love. Amen.
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Sabtu, 01 Juli 2017

Your Uniqueness, My Plan


Your Uniqueness, My Plan

My child, keep your eyes focused on the vision that I have specifically for you. Do not look around, comparing yourself to others. You do not blend in with all those around you and you are not meant to. You are meant to be unique and different from the rest.
Just as you are unique, so is your vision and mandate unique from others as well. So, though you may look to your left and right and feel that everyone else sees a different picture of what I want to do, do not feel that the fire I have put in you is wrong.
Each one must walk out their own calling and purpose. No one person has the same calling. Step out today in your uniqueness and realize that you are just the way that you are meant to be. I prefer you to be different. This was just the way I planned it, says the Lord.

The Stronghold of the Godly: Humility

The Stronghold of the Godly: Humility
(En Español)
Satan fears virtue. He is terrified of humility; he hates it. He sees a humble person and it sends chills down his back. His hair stands up when Christians kneel down, for humility is the surrender of the soul to God. The devil trembles before the meek because in the very areas where he once had access there stands the Lord, and Satan is terrified of Jesus Christ.
Who Truly Are You Fighting?
Before we launch into spiritual warfare, we should recognize that the immediate source of many of our problems and oppressions is not demonic but fleshly in nature. One aspect of our lives, our flesh nature, will always be targeted by the devil. These fleshly or carnal areas supply Satan with a ready avenue of access to undermine and then neutralize our walk with God.

It is only our exaggerated sense of self-righteousness that prevents us from looking honestly at spiritual vulnerabilities. As Christians, we know the Holy Spirit dwells within us, but we must also be aware of where we are tolerating sin if we will be successful in our war against darkness.
Therefore, be specific when you submit yourself to God. Do not rationalize your sins or defend your failures. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ is a perfect shelter of grace enabling all men to look honestly at their needs. Accordingly, be honest with God. He will not be horrified or shocked by your sins. God loved you without restraint even when sin was rampant within you; how much more will He continue to love you as you seek His help to be free from iniquity?
Indeed, we must realize that many of our battles are merely the consequences of our own actions. To war effectively, we must separate what is of the flesh from what is of the devil.
Allow me to give you an example. My wife and I once lived in an area where a beautiful red cardinal kept its nest. Cardinals are very territorial and will fight off intruding cardinals zealously. At that time, we owned a van which had large side mirrors and chrome bumpers. Occasionally the cardinal would attack the bumpers or mirrors, thinking his reflection was another bird. One day as I watched the cardinal assail the mirror, I thought, "What a foolish creature; his enemy is merely the reflection of himself." Immediately the Lord spoke to my heart: "And so also are many of your enemies the reflection of yourself."
Before we develop more complex strategies, let us make sure that the real enemy is not our own carnal nature. Let us each inquire of the Lord, Are the things oppressing me today the harvest of what I planted yesterday?
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The preceding message was adapted from Francis Frangipane's book, The Three Battlegrounds, available at Arrow Bookstore for up to 64% off regular prices. It also is a chapter in pastor's online school, In Christ's Image Training (icitc.org). Next term begins July 7, 2017. More information.
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More GREAT QUOTES

More GREAT QUOTES
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"Is the Gospel really dynamite, or does it need all sorts of human
institutions and money? Much of the work we have done in the
name of Jesus Christ has been, not to perform miracles of the
Holy Ghost, but miracles of gold." -David Griffin

"Prayer alone will overcome the gigantic difficulties which confront
the workers in every field." - John R. Mott

"The Church has not yet touched the fringe of the possibilities of
intercessory prayer. Her largest victories will be witnessed when
individual Christians everywhere come to recognize their priesthood
unto God and day by day give themselves unto prayer." - John R. Mott

"The evangelization of the world in this generation depends first of
all upon a revival of prayer. Deeper than the need for men; deeper,
far, than the need for money; aye, deep down at the bottom of our
spiritless life is the need for the forgotten secret of prevailing,
world-wide prayer." - Robert E. Speer

"The nature of Christ's salvation is woefully misrepresented by the
present-day evangelist. He announces a Savior from hell rather
than a Savior from sin. And that is why so many are fatally
deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of
fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and
worldliness." - A. W. Pink

"Christ is a Savior for those realizing something of the exceeding
sinfulness of sin, who feel the awful burden of it on their
conscience... and a Savior for no others." - A. W. Pink

"If we go about apologizing for speaking to people of the things of
God, we must not be very much surprised if they catch our
timidity and they feel awkward and we feel awkward. There is a
certain shyness and awkwardness about us when we go to tell
men and women of the things of eternal life, which react upon
them until they become nervous and awkward too." -Mildred Cable


Selasa, 27 Juni 2017

Time to Fight!


Time to Fight!

My child, do not be confused. You are standing on the battlefield wondering whether or not you should go backwards or forward. My child, I have called you to be a victor. I have called you to stand set apart for my glory. My child, now is not the time for you to worry. Now is not the time for you to allow confusion to settle in.
Now is the time for you to realize that you are a warrior in my army and that it is time for you to pick up your weapon yet again and take down the enemy in your path.
It is time to wage war on my behalf, says the Lord. It's time for you to run with all the zeal, passion, compassion and anointing I have given you. For this is a crucial time my beloved. Do not be led astray by the wiles of the enemy or even by your own weariness.
Stand still and reach out to me. Let me give you the strength and power you need to run this race and fight this fight. Let me give you all that you need to win this battle in my name. All you have to do is to be willing, ready, and available. So run! Don't give up.
I love you and I have already equipped you. The fire burns deep inside of you. Shake the dust off your feet, and allow my Blood to take away the grime on your skin. Then, run with passion and run in my love, says the Lord.
This battle has already been won. Stand in my Blood, pick up your armor and your sword, and take down the kingdom of darkness. Amen.