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True worship exposes the life of Christ in the worshipper!

August 24, 2010

In natural life, the act of intimate love making between a man and woman ends up in the creation of new life. In spiritual life, the true worshipper’s intimate adoration ends up in conceiving the fullness of the life of Christ. When the betrothed virgin listen to the word of God, it sanctifies her. She falls in love with Christ and she surrenders her life to Him through her faith in His word. Here she get filled with the fullness of joy in the Holy Ghost. And she gets overwhelmed by the everlasting love of God and she thankfully delights in the eternal pleasures in her Lord’s presence.

True adoration and Worship is all about mud (the worshipper) from the earth denying itself and surrendering to God and resisting the devil and becoming soft mould-able clay by getting mixed with the Living Waters (the Holy Spirit) to be remoulded in the image of Christ (the One from above) on the potter’s wheel (the living sacrifice in the act of worship) at the Potter’s house (the Body of Christ) under the Holy hands of the Great Potter Heavenly Father. God moulds us as Christlike vessels filled with Divine power and Divine nature through our obedience of faith in completely doing His perfect will till the end. In the act of worship the Bride presents her body holy as a living sacrifice before God and she unites with Christ to become one with Him in the Spirit.

The act of worship make us dive into the deep love of Christ and see where the Deep is calling us deeper. True love casts out all fear. It make us fearlessly drown in God’s love and freely flow through the mighty Rivers of life by faith in God. True worship simply take us to the Holy of holies and help us to celebrate the inseparable love affair with Christ the Author and Finisher of faith. God pleasing worship begins when the eyes of the Bride engages in a constant eye contact with Christ the Lover of her soul. True worship originates from the obsession of the Bride who constantly embrace and kiss the Son who is a life giving Spirit. Her heart cries, ” Kiss me with the Kisses of His mouth, your love is better than wine”.

She knows her Lord is mindful of her. His words of true love from His mouth can intoxicate her in the spirit deep within. She knows His kiss is the kiss of life which imparted the Breath of life in the lifeless body of the first Adam. Bad company corrupts good character. But the union with the Person of Christ in the spirit, mind and body keeps the purity and divinity of the one who is betrothed to Him. Holy Spirit dwells in the body of the lovely Bride who uninterruptedly lives a life of sacrifice to please God with her act of worship. She pleads her Lord, “Take me away with you, let’s hurry”. She lives for just one thing, she lives to enter the chamber of the King of glory and dwell with Him eternally.

When the Bride adore Christ in the Spirit of God, the newness of the life appear in her through the inherent power of the imperishable Seed the word God sends to mould her in the image Christ. The Bride endlessly denies her own mind by faithfully living the mind of Christ her Lord and King. Pure brand marks of Christ in her body reveals her astonishing inner beauty in God’s presence. Her worship is the preparation for the wedding of the Lamb by seeking, knowing and doing the perfect will of God in real life!!! In the act of worship, if our heart is not completely subjective to the sanctifying work of the Spirit, we definitely end up worshiping God in vain.

Let our hearts crave to know Christ our King more and let our inner man grow deeply rooted in Him to remain spotless and glorious till He comes in the sky with His Angels. In all seasons of life the true worshipper’s heart worship God in the Spirit and Truth and reflects the glorious life of Christ indwelling in her. Amen!!!

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BREAKTHROUGH PRAYER: by Laura Gagnon

January 14, 2010
Dear Heavenly Father,
Right now I declare that I break every agreement with satan and the works of darkness. I choose this day to surrender to God and resist the devil, to renounce and repent of any covenants that have been made by myself or other family members in my generational line. According to YOUR word in 2 Chronicles 7:14, Father, You said that if I would humble myself, pray and seek Your face…If I would turn and repent from my wicked ways, You said You would forgive my sins and heal my land. Whether I or other family members have partaken of these  sins knowlingly or unknowlingly, I ask Your forgiveness and I renounce:
All spirits of fear, the fear of man that brings a snare, self pity, insecurity, and inferiority. Forgive those in my family line for the need to control or manipulate others out of a sense of fear, insecurity or inferiority.  Forgive us for not trusting in your provision or your timing, and for failing to rest in Your love.
I  renounce all spirits of heaviness that bring depression, mental illness, obsessive compulsive disorders, schizophrenia, suicide, and grief. I renounce  infirmity, sickness and disease. Forgive me and forgive those in my family line for desiring the attention from our problems and self pity  more than our freedom from illness and other  issues in our lives. Forgive us for coming into agreement with  poverty spirits, laziness and sins of poor stewardship. Forgive me and my family line for sins of gambling, excess, greed or stinginess. Forgive us for not releasing what has been in our hands in order to be a blessing to others.I renounce bitterness, jealousy, strife, anger, hatred, profanity, gossip, lying, slander and murder. Forgive me and those in my family for any sins of hard heartedness, being critical or condemning, or showing lack of compassion towards others in their time of need. Forgive me and those in my family line for turning a blind eye towards those in need and withholding good when it was in our power to help.
I renounce unforgiveness, including unforgiveness towards myself, retaliation, and vengeance. Forgive me, Lord, for any time that I have sowed seeds of discord or caused pain to others through my actions. Forgive me for acts of maliciousness or things I’ve done with the intent to hurt and cause pain to others. Forgive me and those in my family line for selective obedience or ignoring the prompting of your Holy Spirit when You wanted us to show love, mercy, grace or compassion. I renounce the sins of pride, lawlessness, rebellion, selfish ambition, presumption, and testing God. I renounce atheism, mockery, scoffing the things of God and Your Holy Spirit, grieving the Holy Spirit and unbelief. Forgive me and my family line for despising godly wisdom and authority or rejecting Your counsel.  Forgive us for self rule and choosing authority figures that did not represent Your government or authority for our lives. I repent from any time that I have cursed God or others. Forgive me Lord, for loving gossip, slander and my judgments more than I loved your law of showing love and kindness. Forgive me for not blessing others more freely, even those I do not like. I renounce all soul ties to illegitimate spiritual fathers or spiritual leaders, religious attitudes, and spirits of legalism, disrespect, self righteousness, prejudice, controlling behaviors, manipulation, imposing my will on others, racism, disobedience, independence, critical spirits, arrogance, vain and judgmental attitudes.
I renounce a spirit of rejection, and I repent for sins of judging or rejecting others, withholding love, acceptance or forgiveness. Forgive me for the times when I have not honored nor shown respect to those in authority, parents, spouses or others. Forgive me for not humbling myself or apologizing when I should have done so. Forgive me for broken relationships, and please help me to do whatever I am responsible for to make things right.I renounce all worldly addictions including drugs, alcohol, nicotine, gambling, gluttony, compulsive physical exercise, compulsive spending, sexual sins against myself and others, pornography, and sins of excess that feed the lusts of the flesh. I renounce the perverse spirit and all that is connected to it. I renounce ungodly soul ties and those of former lovers. I renounce all false gods and masters. I renounce the spirit of mammon, greed, and selfishness. I I renounce and repent for any involvement with secret societies and the ungodly covenants they demand. I renounce, divorce, and break any and all agreements, covenants or involvement with all lying spirits, the occult, demonic spirits, witchcraft, familiar spirits and seducing spirits. Forgive me and my family line for any sins in -volving the abuse of trust, authority, power or using our influence in an ungodly manner. Forgive me, and forgive my family line Father, for any sins involving sorcery, witchcraft, practicing charms or incantations, the use of horoscopes, tarot cards, fortune telling, or astrology.
I renounce all spirits of divination. I renounce and ask Your forgiveness, Father, for broken covenants, unfulfilled vows and promises, betrayal and divorce. I ask You to please disentangle me and release me from ungodly covenants, vows, and peace treaties, and all unrighteous agreements that would bring me into relationships where I am unequally yoked with things of the kingdom of darkness, evil and wrong relationships. Lord, let there be a release of every curse that has come against me or my generational line as a result of these things. I decree a cancellation of every form of witchcraft and curse that has resulted from my involvement or that of my generational line, and let all demonic attachments be severed from me and my family line, both in the heavenly places as well as in the earthly realm. I declare that every seed that was sown by satan in order to perpetuate a curse or cause myself or  someone else in my family line to reject you , accuse You, and enter into rebellion must shrivel and die immediately. I give You permission to change what You know needs to change in my life and to convict me when I resist You.
Father, I repent for these sins on behalf of my family to the third and fourth generation back. I thank You for Your forgiveness and cleansing of these sins. I declare that when I am tested, the Spirit of God will arise within me and bring me into a place of victory. I give You permission in advance of any situation I may encounter that You and Your Holy Spirit may change my actions, words and responses so that I honor You. Please reign and rule over my emotions. Enemy, according to the scripture in James 4:7, as I am now submitted to God, you must flee from me. I command you to take everything that you have put on me, everything that you have tormented me with, every sickness and GO! I command you to pay restitution at no less than a 7-fold return, according to Proverbs 6:31 in every place that you have brought poverty, defeat, robbery, or death and destruction. Father God, I ask that You cleanse my mind of all  unfruitful thoughts, fantasies, and works of the flesh. I thank You for the blood that Jesus Christ has shed on my behalf, and I appropriate the power of His blood and the resurrection power of Your Holy Spirit to every sin, transgression and generational iniquity over myself and my family line. By the power and authority of the blood of Jesus Christ, I and my family have victory. Satan, you no longer have authority to torment me or my children with iniquitous sin patterns, for God has promised in Hebrews 8:12 that He will be merciful to our unrighteousness and our sins and lawless deeds He will remember no more.
Jesus, You are the Son of God, and You are seated victoriously at the right hand of the Father. Today I declare that the enemy is defeated where I am concerned. You are my Master, my Lord and my Savior. Please come with Your Holy Spirit and heal my mind, my emotions, my thoughts, my confession and my memories. I forgive those that failed to reach out to me when I was hurting. I forgive those that have intentionally caused hurt and pain to me and my family, and those that have done it unintentionally. I ask You to bless, heal  and deliver those that have acted as an enemy, and those that have hurt me or caused harm to me or my family. I will trust You to judge fairly and mete out any justice in these issues. Bless those that have hurt me, lied about me, or deliberately caused harm to me or my family, and set me free from offense. Please forgive me Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit for willingly disregarding Your words and Your Spirit when You have tried to get through to me. Please heal my trust issues with you and others. Please heal the issues related to my past, my present and my future. Heal my hope, my faith and my love. Heal any areas of grief, heaviness, unbelief, and let the renewed mind of Christ be strengthened and formed in me each and every day.
Thank You for releasing into me a spirit of Faith, a spirit of Obedience, the spirit of Adoption, the spirit of Revelation and Truth. Now tell me Lord, what I need to do as an act of faith that will release my breakthrough. Confirm it and convict me that I will not neglect to do whatever You tell me to do. Thank You for eternal life, health, and victory, and for restoring my life and my future, in Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Today’s rejection and tommorrows glory.

January 9, 2010

When we are rejected we usually think, all we need is an opportunity to display who we are or what we can. But if the predestined expectations of our Father in Heaven is much more than what we can deliver through our words or works now, then we should understand few things.

God’s grace delivered through us is only beneficial to people. The impact and influence of our communication depends on the depth of the revelation of Christ we posses, our intimacy with God and the weight of God’s glory in us. Wisdom and grace is the mark of our oneness with Christ the Hope of Glory. And rejection is the perfect opportunity for today’s meticulous preparation for tomorrow’s ultimate presentation. Let’s contain all the fullness of the abundance of grace in Christ in our earthen vessels and make His praise glorious.

Stay humble and be patient under the yoke of Christ. The lifter of our head is faithful to lift us up in the due time. Always remain crucified with Christ and die daily to become the radiance of the glory of Christ who abides in us to appear in us in His glory.  But are you ready for that God ordained opportunity?

Great men and Christ.

January 8, 2010

The thoughts of great men are great, but the words of Christ has the life giving Power. Great men died and went to the grave, but Christ died and came out of the grave. He is the Alpha and the Omega, His words are eternal. In His name sins are forgiven, blind see, deaf hear, lame walk and the dead rise up. By His stripes we are healed. He is the the Lord of life and resurrection. Let our faith rest in His power, His righteous shall live by faith. He is always faithful and true to fulfill what He has promised! Amen!

Christ in us, the Hope of glory!!!

January 8, 2010

Christ, the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit. To comfort us and revive us, Lord said,”It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life”. This is written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Ps 119:49 says, “Remember the word to Your servant, which gave me hope”. Today through Christ the Hope of glory, we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God [Rom5.2]. Amen!!!

Prioritize meticulously for fruitfulness.

January 8, 2010

To be effective in the ministry of Grace, prioritize meticulously for meaningful time management; look closely at where you’re spending your time and redirect your energy for God’s highest priorities. Always take time to rest in the presence of God. Constantly renew your mind and recharge your life under the Lordship of Christ. By all means, eliminate time wasters before it eliminates you. Stop unproductive projects in the eyes of God who said, “Be fruitful & multiply”.

The Risk of Exposure?

January 8, 2010

Exposure, exposes your faith, hope, passion, talent, anointing, everything you think, value, speak and do. Exposure is like an explosion of information about you. Exposure displays your character and conduct in front of people. Exposure reflects your inner self  in a big way and reveals who you are, more than what you do for God or people?!! First impression is the best impression.

Exposure is risky, it reveals how small you are or how big you are? Remember what Christ said, “You can do nothing without Me”. Deny your self at all cost and by all means chase the heart of God for His grace and be Christ like ! Let your exposure make His praise glorious!!!

Renewal of Mind through Paul’s letter to Philemon!

January 4, 2010

The letter of Apostle Paul to Philemon was specifically written for renewing the mind of the young disciple regarding an issue related to his old slave. Evidently Onesimus had escaped from Philemon in Colosse to Rome. And then he was caught and put in prison. There he became a disciple of Christ through his close acquaintance with Apostle Paul. As a slave, he was the legal property of Philemon and in addition Onesimus had stolen some of Philemon’s goods. Here Paul is urging Philemon to accept a previous slave and thief as a new born-again brother in Christ. This mission letter for the renewal of mind is written very sensitively and meaningfully by Paul. With grace Paul discloses the heart of the matter in the mind of Christ to encourage and move the emotions of Philemon so that he will deny himself to please God.

A slave is liberated from the bondage by Christ the Liberator. And He has become a new creation in Christ, to be a brother of his old master. Here Paul is working on the mindset of Philemon so that he won’t be reluctant to accept Onesimus as a brother. Paul’s wisdom, grace and his deep conviction on this matter make us also renew our minds regarding our relationships to worship God with reverence and awe.

1. The Grace, Peace and prayer for the “Renewal of mind”.

[Philemon 1.1-5] – Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved brother and fellow worker, and to Apphia, and to Archippus, and to the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints.

To liberate a born-again slave from the mindset of his born-again master, Paul discloses the larger dimensions of the truth in the tenderness of a mother for his son to get deeply rooted in Christ. And he begins this letter by identifying himself as a bond slave of Christ in the prison. We need to receive God’s grace and peace through the inspiration of the lives and messages of the leaders. We also need the prayers of the saints to always deny ourselves and follow Christ. Paul is reminding Philemon, who he is in Christ and how beautifully secure and praise worthy he is in Him. And this Good News will illuminate Philemon’s inner man to receive the grace for renewing his mind to please God according to what Paul is saying next. Paul’s life, motives, prayer and teaching will influence Philemon to leave what is childish for growing fully mature in Christ. Vigorous growth and spiritual maturity happens only when we constantly chase the heart of God and gather His deeper thoughts to renew our mind daily. A true Worshipper sustains his spiritual life through inhaling the mind of Christ as the Oxygen and exhaling the mind of the flesh as the carbon dioxide. Before starting a heart surgery with the Sword of the Spirit, Paul uses extra ordinary grace and wisdom as a dose of Anesthesia on Philemon. The first four verses are doing that job meaningfully.

2. The Thanks giving, recognition, appreciation and encouragement for the Renewal of mind.

[Philemon 1.6- 7] – I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake. For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother. Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is proper, yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you–since I am such a person as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus–

Paul is thanking and praising God for Philemon and his team. Paul is recognizing their praise-worthy testimony in relationship to God and His people. Paul mentions here, you have done what you are supposed to do, but now there is room for improvement. You have refreshed the heart of all the saints, but your old slave turned saint is returning home, can you refresh his heart? Paul truly appreciates the loyalty and Divinity of the local Church. And then he is preparing the reader to expand his mindset. Paul demands Philemon, the denial of his role as a legitimate master by accepting the glorious role of a legitimate brother in Christ who will accept a new creation in Christ. A previous slave who has stolen his owner’s goods and escaped from his master needed to be forgiven first. God has forgiven Him, because he accepted Christ as His master. Now, as a child of God, Onesimus will ask forgiveness to Philemon when he comes there. And there he should be accepted as a new born child of Paul and should be honored as a saint of Christ. Renewal of mind is always sacrificial and it can only be done, by submitting to each other in the fear of Christ. This can happen only when Philemon joyfully says, “I am crucified with Christ. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me to renew my mind according to the perfect will of the Father”.

3. The renewal of mind as a faithful soldier’s duty to serve God
[Philemon 1.7-9] – For I have derived great joy and comfort and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been cheered and refreshed through you, brother. I have abundant boldness in Christ to charge you to do what is fitting and required and your duty to do, Yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you, just for what I am– I, Paul, an ambassador [of Christ] and an old man and now a prisoner for His sake.

The existing Christian character and conduct of Philemon is causing great joy. However harder the renewal of mind seems to be, it should be done as a faithful soldiers duty in the service to the King of Glory. Paul says I am an ambassador of the King of Kings, but I have become an old man in a prison on behalf of the Lord. He says; remember me enduring in these humiliating conditions for Christ sake. And now I am joyfully doing my duty now as an Apostle writing the perfect will of God to you. I am leading you to what pleases the compassionate heart of the King of Love. Renewal of mind is an act of worship. It is done in remembrance of Christ who pleased His Father through His Sacrifice to save us.

4. Renewal of mind through forgetting the past history and focusing on the glorious destiny.

[Philemon 1.10-13] – I appeal to you for my [own spiritual] child, Onesimus], whom I have begotten [in the faith] while a captive in these chains. Once he was unprofitable to you, but now he is indeed profitable to you as well as to me. I am sending him back to you in his own person, [and it is like sending] my very heart. I would have chosen to keep him with me, in order that he might minister to my needs in your stead during my imprisonment for the Gospel’s sake. But it has been my wish to do nothing about it without first consulting you and getting your consent, in order that your benevolence might not seem to be the result of compulsion or of pressure but might be voluntary [on your part].

The name Onesimus means profitable, and now he is not profitable to Philemon. But the slave boy is considered precious by the Owner of our souls and Christ has bought Onesimus for God with His own blood. The old slave has entered into the genealogy of Divinity by faith in Christ. So he is profitable for the Kingdom of God by the grace he has received. Now the renewal of mind is mandatory to please God and the ball is the court of Philemon.

Paul is in the ministry of reconciliation. Paul wrote about forgetting the past for receiving greater rewards in the Glory of Christ, in Philippians 3.7-8. “But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as loss for Christ’s sake. Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish, in order that I may win Christ (the Anointed One)”.

5. Renewal of mind is a sacrifice done in the free will for the sake of benevolence

There is no fear in love; perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love -1Jn 4.18. So Paul is not using his apostolic authority to make Philemon accept his old slave as a brother through fear. And if Philemon half heartedly accept or completely rejects Onesimus out of hatred, then God will consider Philemon a murderer. And at all cost, Paul want to avoid that spiritual disaster. So Paul said, “Therefore, though I have abundant boldness in Christ to charge you to do what is fitting and required and your duty to do, Yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you just for what I am– I, Paul, an ambassador [of Christ] and an old man and now a prisoner for His sake also”.

By all means Paul shows respect to Philemon’s God given freedom to renew his mind without any external pressure. God is Love and God is Light. And the Light has the heat of the Consuming Fire and Light has its own Divine pressure. All we need to do is to switch on the light and disclose the eternal truth in love. The Love will put its pressure under the power of the Holy Spirit. It is written, ”Our faith rests in God’s power”. Paul said, [Philemon 1.14] -“But it has been my wish to do nothing about it without first consulting you and getting your consent, in order that your benevolence might not seem to be the result of compulsion or of pressure but might be voluntary [on your part].”

God pleasing renewal of mind is not done under circumstantial or relational pressure. It is joyfully done under the Divine pressure of God’s love through the free will of the saint. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus willfully exchanged His free will with the will of the Father. He said, “Let Your will be done not Mine”. Father did not use any force on His beloved Son, but Jesus in His free will died, out of His benevolence for us.

6. Renewal of mind is done in remembrance of the true testimony of Character and Conduct

[Philemon 1:10-13] – I appeal to you for my [own spiritual] child, Onesimus [meaning profitable], whom I have begotten [in the faith] while a captive in these chains. Once he was unprofitable to you, but now he is indeed profitable to you as well as to me. I am sending him back to you in his own person, [and it is like sending] my very heart. I would have chosen to keep him with me, in order that he might minister to my needs in your stead during my imprisonment for the Gospel’s sake.(AMP)

Timothy was Paul’s beloved son in faith; similarly Onesimus also has become Paul’s beloved son in Christ and Paul is declaring his relationship with Onesimus with great pride. Paul from the heart of a father is convincing Philemon his elder spiritual son about Onesimus his new-born son. Deeper renewal of mind can be produced by people only when we have unbreakable relationships with each other. Loveless preaching cannot capture the hearts of the listeners. Ministry of reconciliation done for a meaningful renewal of mind is only fruitful when it is done with the heart of a Father. Stiff people with no Father’s heart leads people to spiritual destruction, they cannot lead people to real transformation. Preachers need a Father’s heart. If we preach the truth without love, we will fail to witness the transformation of the listeners. True Love gives God a chance to touch the hearts.

Onesimus is only a slave to Philemon, Philemon has not done anything to bring Onesimus to Christ. But to Paul, Onesimus has become a spiritual son born in Christ as a brother of Philemon now. Paul has taken labor pains in the prison to see the life of Christ being formed in Onesimus. So Paul also testifies about the character and conduct of Onesimus comparable to Philemon himself. Onesimus served Paul in Philemon’s absence in the prison and became Paul’s heart in Christ.  So in a way Paul is pleading to Philemon, don’t break my heart. Renewal of mind cannot be cannot be done if your heart is hard or cold. There is no other way for Philemon to please God in connection with Onesimus. Denying himself and following Jesus is the only God pleasing way. Renewal of mind cannot be ignored any more now, it is absolutely mandatory

7. Renewal of mind is done as a voluntary act for growing mature in Christ.

[Philemon 1.14-16] But it has been my wish to do nothing about it without first consulting you and getting your consent, in order that your benevolence might not seem to be the result of compulsion or of pressure but might be voluntary [on your part]. Perhaps it was for this reason that he was separated [from you] for a while, that you might have him back as yours forever, Not as a slave any longer but as [something] more than a slave, as a brother [Christian], especially dear to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh [as a servant] and in the Lord [as a fellow believer].

Even if you have a Father’s heart, even if you speak higher Heavenly standards with deep conviction and compassion, renewal of mind that pleases God is still the fruit of the free will of the follower. Follower will get a reward for what he has done after hearing the Word of God, Leader will get a reward for living and preaching the uncontaminated Word. And as a leader, Paul is not abusing or not even using his authority to control Philemon’s will externally. Paul wrote God’s thoughts to Philemon and waits for the internal response from the free will of Philemon patiently. Without over influencing, without manipulating or controlling, Paul is humbling and nearly pleading as a servant before Philemon, just to witness a renewal of mind that pleases God. Here Paul is projecting Philemon as a boss with self control.

This is the astonishing wisdom of Paul. Always Truth has its own power, Divinity and authority to influence the hearts of people. Eternal Truth is all worthy to be followed by any man. God wants every man to know the truth, because it can set the captives free. Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life, He is the Alpha and the Omega. Truth will not be understood because it is just preached or heard. Truth has to be revealed by the Father and if we accept it then our inner man will get illuminated to follow the truth. That’s why Jesus asked his 12 Disciples “Tell me who I am”. Truth can be followed only if, the Father enlightens our heart.

The spirit of a man is the lamp of God. On the way to Emmaus Jesus spoke the truth to the disciples and their hearts were on Fire and then God opened their eyes for the vision of Christ. Paul is not pretending God here, even though he is the mouth piece of God here. Paul knows he cannot do what God alone can do. Jesus Christ alone is the Lord, and Paul is not ashamed of the Gospel of that Christ. And Paul is not even ashamed to humble himself before Philemon his co-worker. Paul knows, “Those who are led by the Spirit are the Sons of God”. And if you are a son, you cannot sin, because the seed of God is in you and it will enlighten you forever. Philemon is a son, so Paul knows Philemon doesn’t need compulsion or pressure from outside to please God.

Paul is a man of hope because the Love that is poured out in the heart of Paul is a love that hopes, Philemon will surrender to God’s expectations. So Paul is openly disclosing what is pleasing to God and giving time and space for Philemon to respond willfully to God’s word. Paul is patiently waiting for the renewal of mind in the heart of Philemon. This will make Philemon deny the ownership of Onesimus, before the ownership of Christ who bought Onesimus and Philemon with the price of His blood on the cross. Every knee shall bow; every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is the Lord without external pressure. The Lamb of God who was slain for all is worthy to be praised eternally. Amen !!!

8. Renewal of mind happens because of the Compulsion of the everlasting love of Christ.

[Philemon 1.15-25] For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave–a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me. But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account. I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay–not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides. Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord. Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you. Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Paul as an Ambassador of God is convincing Philemon about the purposes of God by disconnecting him from the thoughts on earth and uplifting him to the thoughts of eternity. Paul is letting the love of Christ compel Philemon for a true renewal of mind. Until and unless we shift our focus to Christ, renewal of mind doesn’t happen fruitfully. If we are not in agreement with God’s purposes on earth, our eternal rewards can get lost as a result of our ignorance and self worship. Perhaps Paul has already prepared the mindset of Onesimus to get back to where things went wrong. Things need to get right with his old owner who is now a brother in Christ. Renewal of mind is about bravely taking a step of faith to do God’s will without any friction from the flesh. Here the enemy is the mind of the flesh and influences of the world brings evil imaginations against the perfect will of God. Paul wants Philemon and Onesimus to become more than conquerors in this matter.

Now, Onesimus is a born-again man and he is a new creation, old things have passed away and all things have become new. For freedom Christ has set him free. Still he need to get reconciled with his old master and Paul is sending him back to Philemon with faith.  Paul has faith in the obedience of Philemon, He knows Philemon will refresh his heart. If there is no hope, renewal of mind never happens when the truth is spoken. So without commanding the renewal of mind as an Apostle, in a father’s heart, Paul is demanding Philemon’s love to him which will be pure obedience to Christ. Renewal of mind is impossible when relationship is broken. So Paul ministered the Renewal of mind to beloved Philemon so sensitively and tactfully.

Renewal of mind is essential to both the old slave and the old master. Paul wrote in [1 Tim 6.1-2], “All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against. In [Eph 6.9] Paul said, “Masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.

Paul said again, “We are the ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God [2 Cori 5.14-20]. In the love of God, Paul pleaded to Philemon, he said, “Receive him forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave–a beloved brother.”, By all means Paul want to witness the renewal of mind.

Apostle Paul who wrote half of the New Testament remembered what Christ has done on the cross for all. What Paul is today is all because of the grace he has received through the sacrifice of Christ. So from the depth of his heart Paul pleaded again to Philemon not to reject Onesimus as a brother.”If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me. But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account”. By saying this Paul was exactly representing Christ the Good Samaritan on earth. Lives may change if we are ready to take few risks to please God who risked His only begotten Son for us. Today God is seeking the true worshipers. So that Holy Spirit who doesn’t have a Body can abide in the one which is willing to sacrifice the mind of the flesh to represent the mind of Christ on earth. Such a person is the Temple of the Living God.

About such people Christ said I will build my Church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Are we available? Are we buildable? Are we ready to renew our minds….then remember what Christ said, “Destroy this temple? I will build it in three days”. And He fulfilled His promise when He died on the cross and rose again from the dead….But what about us? Can we deny ourselves and willfully renew our mind today to please God with all our heart?!!! God bless! Amen!!!

In 2010, “PREACH THE WORD OF GOD” !!!

December 29, 2009

Apostle Paul said, I CHARGE [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His coming and His kingdom: Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable.
Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong. And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching- [2 Tim4. 1-2]

So, those who are called and equipped and sent out to preach the Gospel in 2010, “ARISE from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life! Shine, be radiant with the glory of the Lord, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!” – [Is 60.1]
If we preach Word with deep conviction and power, then people will receive the fullness of grace to get deeply rooted in Christ. The Testimony of Christ is the Spirit of Prophecy. The Word who manifested in the Flesh is faithful to send His Holy Spirit on all the flesh who accepts His Name and Lordship. Christ, the last Adam, is a life-giving Spirit. He will impart His life on those who conceive His Word as it is declared by us. He gave His life on the cross to save us. By His stripes we are healed. So go with boldness and grace to illuminate the nations with the Mind of Christ. Let your lips proclaim the eternal truth in love. Let people submit to God and obey His Word in their own free will and get blessed eternally.

But telling people only what their ears are itching to hear derails the application of God’s purposes in the lives of people. God pleasing leaders don’t entertain ecstasy seekers. And the ecstasy givers create spectators who are not God pleasing followers.  Compromises pollutes the mindset of the believers like  poison from a Snake bite. This causes contagious spiritual diseases. This has made some Church Leaders spiritually sick and terribly corrupt. The unsound doctrines mute the Prophet, deceive people and cause spiritual blindness and deafness. This leads to spiritual insensitivity and slow spiritual death in the local Church!!!
The only medicine to heal this deadly sickness is through getting back to the purpose of preaching. Paul said, “The object and purpose of our instruction and charge is love, which springs from a pure heart and a good (clear) conscience and sincere faith – [1Tim 1:5]”. If what you reaped is not pure heart, good conscience and sincere faith, then what you sowed is not the seed of God. Yes in all generations, Preachers are accountable to God. As messengers of God and ambassadors of Christ they have received special messages to deliver people from lack of vision. The Word set the captives free from all evil imaginations and deceptions and give people clear direction. So it’s time again to wake up. Arise and shine, preach the Word and let there be Light!!!
Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven – [Mathew5.16]. Let the people who sit in the darkness see the great Light, let those who sit in the shadow of death get illuminated by the Light of Life.
But consider, what Jesus said about the eyes of the body. Christian Leaders must be visionaries who can see through the thick dark walls of the evil world. They need to patiently wait upon the Lord and truly rejuvenate their spiritual life like an Eagle. They should carry penetrating Scriptural insights as the watchmen over the walls of Jerusalem. Such God conscious servants guard the Kingdom of God with a Soaring Eagle’s eyes. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light. But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness!– [Mathew 6.22-23].
So Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved, a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth- [2Tim 2.15]. We need to do this with the same flame of passion burning in the heart of Christ for the Temple of the Living God. “For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold”.
Paul said, “They will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions. As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry” –[2Tim4.3-5]
Jesus the Righteous Judge said, “The basis of the judgment (the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works were evil” – Jn 3.20
The new year messages for today’s Local Churches are already spoken before two thousand years. Check this one out for 2010, “And to the angel of the assembly in Laodicea write: I know your [record of] works and what you are doing; you are neither cold nor hot. For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
Therefore I counsel you to purchase from Me gold refined and tested by fire, that you may be [truly] wealthy, and white clothes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nudity from being seen, and salve to put on your eyes, that you may see. Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude].
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me. He who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant him to sit beside Me on My throne, as I Myself overcame (was victorious) and sat down beside My Father on His throne. He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the [Holy] Spirit says to the assemblies (churches)”.
May God bless you and enable you to commune with Christ throughout 2010 and forever. Let there be Light and let there be Delight in the heart of God and His worshiper!!! Amen, Amen!!!

The Bride of the lamb and her sensitivity to the Holy Spirit!!!

December 25, 2009

The Bride of the Lamb is a living body which constantly walks in submission to Christ the Head. The Bride denies herself to follow the Spirit of God every single day. By His power she deadens the works of the flesh and obeys the Word of God with no compromise. She keeps herself separated from the ways of the world and she overcomes the evil one by always abiding in Christ. This makes her remain spotlessly radiant and flawlessly Christ perfect. For the fulfillment of God’s purposes, God pleasing Church leaders and congregations completely allows the Holy Spirit to flow beyond their experiential Xerox’s of human understanding.

Move of the Holy Spirit can be very radically new, but it is forever driven by the same Holy purposes of God and it never contradict the great Biblical Principles. One day in a Pastors conference, someone introduced me as a mighty man of God to the audience. I felt a little awkward and shy, because the intro was over emphasizing the servant than the grace of the Master. I humbled myself and gave Father God all the praise and honor in advance for everything He is goanna do using me as His servant. I am scared of the introductions that create negative impacts. It can send wrong signals to the audience until you break the ice and delete the non-sense from the minds of people.

As I went up on stage to minister, I told myself, “You are just a weak donkey, but don’t worry, the One who sits on you is a Mighty Lion”. When I entered the pulpit, God’s Presence and His Lordship was very evident, the atmosphere was ready to explode in the fullness of the Holy Ghost. I understood I need to stand still, so I was speechless and there was pin drop silence for few minutes and it supernaturally continued. I saw people crying and listening to God. The manifestation of His awesome presence led people to an intimate conversation with God. And If I speak a word, I may be disturbing their intimate communion with God. And then Holy Spirit the Counselor told me wait for few seconds more and utter these words. “Breathe Christ, the very Breath of life”. I said that and I saw everyone started to breathe heavily!!! What was done as an act of faith in obedience to what Holy Spirit said led us to a time of celebration of great Joy. An extra-ordinary anointing fell on the people as I started ministering. God broke the bondages, healed wounded hearts and transformed lives like never before and we were all blessed by the great move of God in that night.

But this Divine experience cannot be duplicated by human will in some other place. It can form a new doctrine which is not at all scriptural and also not prompted by the Holy Spirit. God can do something new every day, sometimes He may do the old things again in His Sovereign will. Jesus Christ is the Lord, we are not. Don’t pretend as the Master, we are called to be His bond servants. Here we need to seek God with all our heart and remain sensitive to the Holy Spirit to execute His perfect will.

The style and directions of His moves may change every new day, but His motives are clear and pure forever. If the move is from the Head, it illuminates the whole body of Christ. Therefore, follow the Holy Spirit in every breath we breathe and every thought we think and every word we speak and every step we take. We should remember, the first century Saints never had the printed Bible like we have it today. But the Sons of God meticulously followed the Spirit of God the Teacher who imprinted the teaching of the Word of God in the hearts of the Saints. When they obeyed the Word in union with Christ, that history was written in the Breath of God and it formed the pages of the Bible we read now. Today we have Bibles in many versions and hundreds of languages. But unlike the first century saints, today we lack the deep conviction about the written Word and we miss the inseparable communion with the Living Word. If we are not desperate we won’t be able to catch up with the brand marks of the Bride.

And these days, be watchful of people who overdo teachings and distort Biblical Principles regarding the moves of God. Paul said to Timothy (1Tim 1.3-8) ” Instruct certain people not to teach any different doctrine, and not to occupy themselves with myths and endless genealogies that promote speculations rather than the Divine training that is known by faith.

Here Paul exposes the sharp motive of the teaching. He says “The aim of instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience and sincere faith. Some people have deviated from these and turned to meaningless talk, desiring to be teachers without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make assertions.

Paul who wrote half of the New Testament says, I want to know Him more deeply and intimately, through the power of resurrection and for that he was willing to pay the price. He expressed his willingness to share in the sufferings of Christ. Let’s be God conscious than people conscious for the perfecting work of God to be done in us. His touch can accomplish greater things according to His will than hours of human counseling or preaching.

In 2010 a remnant church that is hungry for God’s word and thirsty for His Holy Spirit is goanna rise up. More than self pleasing, people or world pleasing they will be deeply concerned about pleasing God through every move of the Holy Spirit. The Bride is always ready to obey the Word and follow the Holy Spirit every day. Hello…what about you ?!!!

May God be with you to teach you and guide you through in 2010 and for ever. Amen!!!