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The Life-Giving Power of a Prophetic Word from The Lord

1 Thessalonians 5:20-21(NKJV) - Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.

Prophetic words are powerful. Last Sunday, my father-in-law introduced me to the prophet at his church, Bethel Christian Fellowship in Rochester, NY. With very little small talk, he looked into my eyes and began revealing God's heart to me with complete precision. It blew my mind and warmed my heart in a way that I really needed. Nothing he said was new, but he confirmed and affirmed what God had already been doing in the lives of Angel and I. He confirmed God's call on my life and reminded me of its importance to The Kingdom. He affirmed the gift of teaching I received from The Lord. He reminded me of the prophetic mantle. He encouraged me to keep writing books. He was concise. He was direct. He was precise. It was amazing.

John 6:63(NKJV) - It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

When someone speaks a prophetic Word from the heart of God, those words are "spirit-words". They are life-giving. They revive you. Two weeks ago, Angel and I were guests at the 11th anniversary celebration of Christ United Church in Loganville, GA. It's one of the most prophetic churches in the area. The guest speaker was Apostle Ann Marie Alman of People of Destiny Ministries in Brooklyn, NY. After the message which in itself was life-changing, she walked right up to me and began to prophesy. My goodness! What a Word from The Lord! She encouraged us concerning The Body Church and affirmed what God was doing in the ministry and personally for the two of us. Only The Lord knew how much we needed to hear that.

Isaiah 50:4(NKJV) - “The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.

Why am I talking about this today? Because prophecy is real and I am a living testimony of how real it is. In your lowest moments, when you feel tired and worn out from the challenges of life, a prophetic Word from The Lord changes everything. There are people on this earth who have been called by God to speak His Word of Life into others and you need them in your life. I grew up in a household of prophets and almost took it for granted that The Lord spoke to us all the time. We didn't fast and pray for 40 days and 40 nights to hear from The Lord. We just listened.

I woke up this morning at 3:00AM and knew that The Lord wanted to speak to me. Not just that. He wanted to speak to you through me. Let me encourage you. If you have a prophetic gift, there are weary people waiting to hear God's Voice and they need to hear it from you. There are people sitting next to you at work, school or church hungry for a Word from God's heart. If God gave The Word to you, He expects you to deliver it. Do not be afraid. Be who God has called you to be.

1 Corinthians 14:1, 24-25(NKJV) - Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy... But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.

Several years ago I sat in a Wednesday night service and watched a young man walk in off the street. He said that he was looking for a church and saw the sign so he came in. The prophets in the house began speaking into his life with such precision that he was completely overwhelmed. He fell to his knees in tears and worshiped God. By the time they were finished, his life was changed forever. It's been about five years since that night and now he's a vibrant part of the ministry. He got married about a year later and his wife is also a major part of that ministry. They had a baby last year and God continues to work wonders through their lives. That's the power of a prophetic Word from The Lord.

2 Corinthians 13:1(KJV) - This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

The bottom line is this. God is speaking but not everyone can hear Him for themselves. That's one reason why He raised up prophets. Another reason is for Him to confirm what He's saying to those who do hear His Voice. In other words, we all need prophets. Those of us who cannot hear from God need to know what He's saying and those of us who can hear from God need confirmation. If you are called to be a prophet, prophesy. If you are in need of a Word from The Lord, find a place where God speaks through His prophets. Don't make decisions without hearing from God first and receiving confirmation.

2 Chronicles 20:20(NKJV) - So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”
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One - God's Word Sets Us Apart

Date - Sunday, October 4th, 2015

The Body Church,

3015 Rainbow Dr,

Suite #142,

Building #3009,

Decatur, GA 30034

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer

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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don’t Love the Word

Love The Word

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 8 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 7, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Difficult Questions".

A fourth reason why we don’t evangelize is we don’t love the Word. Jesus is the Word. If we really love Him, we will evangelize. When we neglect the practice of telling others the Gospel, we are demonstrating that we do not love Him. What? Wait, before you take offense to this notion, let’s look at what the scripture says concerning Jesus being the Word.

John 1:1-3 (NIV) – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

John 1:14 (NASB) – “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

1 John 5:7 (NKJV) – “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.”

Now, that we have settled the fact that Jesus is the incarnate Word of God, let’s move on to the issue of not loving “The Word”. Love is an action word. Jesus demonstrated His great love for us by dying on the cross for our sins even while we were yet sinners. Also, we know that God’s love for the world compelled Him to give His only son, Jesus as the sacrifice for our sin. Jesus Himself says that when we keep His commands, we demonstrate our love for Him. These commandments include telling others the Gospel, also known as carrying out The Great Commission. You can read more about this command in our second article of this series entitled; "Why Do We Evangelize - It's A Commandment".

Romans 5:8 (NIV) – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

John 3:16 (NKJV) – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

John 14:15 (ESV) – “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

If we love The Word, we will do what He says. If we do not love the Word, we will NOT do what He says. Any questions? The bottom line is, we cannot give to charity, feed the poor, or help rescue kittens from trees in lieu of obeying the commandments of God. He wants our obedience to His Word more than our sacrifices. Our obedience to The Word is a demonstration of our sincere love for Him.

1 Samuel 15:22 (NASB) – “Samuel said, "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.”

Acts 1:8 (NLT) – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere--in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

The Holy Spirit is our helper and He empowers us to live lives in total obedience to the Word. Not only does the Holy Spirit empower us to uphold the much quoted “Ten Commandments” (Exodus 20:3-17) and “The Greatest Commandment” (Matthew 22:36-40). He also empowers us to uphold Jesus’ commandment to evangelize (Matt 16:15).

Mark 16:15-20 (NLT) – “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.”

Search your heart today and ask yourself; "Do I really love the Word?" Am I carrying out Jesus’ commandment to evangelize? If not, pray, and ask the Holy Spirit to give you boldness so that you can tell people everywhere about Jesus!

Get ready! Tomorrow, we will discuss the fifth reason why we don’t evangelize; “We don’t love others as ourselves.”

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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Know The Word of God

Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Know The Word

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 5 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 4, "Why Do We Evangelize? - To Help Set Others Free".

Over the past week, we have answered the question; Why do we evangelize? After reviewing the scriptures, we determined that we evangelize because we are commanded by Jesus to do so; we love Jesus and want tell others about Him; and we have a passion for the unsaved to experience freedom.

As previously mentioned, there are many opinions and motives for why Christians evangelize. At the same time, there are many excuses or obstacles preventing us from doing so. As we move forward in our series of exploring the Dos, Don’ts, How’s and When’s of Evangelism, we will now discuss some of the reasons why we don't evangelize.

1. We don’t know the Word.

2. We are afraid of rejection.

3. We don’t want to get asked a question that we do not have an answer for.

4. We don’t love the Word.

5. We don’t love others as ourselves.

6. We don’t feel it is our responsibility.

7. We forget that Jesus is coming soon.

8. We are afraid of persecution.

One reason we do not share our faith is that we do not know the Word of God. We lack knowledge of The Gospel. Though we may have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we may fail to spend time in the Word of God so that we are able to articulate aspects of the birth, life, death, resurrection, and second coming of Christ. If we neglect to spend time in the Word of God, we will grow dull in our understanding of the Word of God. Ultimately, our lack of knowledge concerning the things of God will cause our hearts to grow cold.

Hosea 4:6 (NASB) – “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

We must spend time daily meditating on God’s Word and allowing the Holy Spirit to give us a deeper revelation of Jesus. Failure to do so will result in a lack of sensitivity to the Spirit, loss of accuracy, and a lack of boldness in sharing The Gospel with those around us.

2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT) – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

At any moment, the Holy Spirit may speak to us to share The Gospel with someone. However, if we are not ready to share The Gospel we may share it inaccurately or shrink back and not share it all. As a result, we run the risk of robbing someone of the opportunity to hear The Gospel and enter the kingdom of God. It is unbearable to think that someone might miss hearing The Gospel simply because we did not know what to say. We must be ready in season and out of season to share our faith whenever the opportunity arises.

2 Timothy 4:2 – “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”

We can observe the importance of knowing the Word of God and being ready to share the Gospel at any moment in the account of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. This account may have been very different if Philip did not know The Gospel and was unable to accurately answer the eunuch's inquiry about Jesus Christ.

Acts 8:26-34 (NIV) – “Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth.  In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants?  For his life was taken from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

Do you know The Word of God? Are you ready to share your faith with someone today?

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Jesus Is The Truth

Date - Sunday, March 29th, 2015

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Protect The Seed Of God's Word When It Enters Your Heart

The Responsibility Of Teaching God's Word

Today's blog is an excerpt from The Mysterious Kingdom Of Heaven.

The Word of God is Incorruptible Seed

Luke 8:10-11 - And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

1 Peter 1:23 - Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

When studying the Kingdom of God, the first form of seed we must consider is the Word of God. After Jesus illustrated the Kingdom with The Parable of the Sower, He made that point to His disciples. God created all physical matter by sowing His words into the atmosphere and we can create whatever we desire by sowing His Word into our hearts. Our harvest from those seeds is contingent on the condition of our hearts because God’s Word is always potent. Therefore, if we consistently sow the Word into our hearts and nothing really happens in our lives, we know where the problem lies.

Luke 8:11-15 - Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

According to Jesus, people lose the seed of the Word of God from their hearts because they let the devil take it, are shallow or get distracted by the things of this world. However, what’s most important about the people whose hearts are considered good ground is that they keep it and bring forth fruit. The word, “keep” according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary means, “to preserve, maintain, watch over, defend and support.” In other words, Jesus wanted us to expect opposition every time we sow the Word of God in the soil of our hearts. Therefore, the only way we can consistently bear fruit is if we’re willing to fight the enemy for it.

Proverbs 4:20-23 - My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

The life you desire from the Word of God starts as a seed that grows out of your heart and manifests in your life. This is where many people miss their victory in Jesus. They don’t realize that everything flows out of their hearts. As a result, many have failed in their attempts to see lasting change because they focused on changing their minds and disciplining their actions. Both of those steps are great but without a change of heart everything returns to their original positions after some time. Any deep rooted issues in your life came out of your heart. Consequently, if you want your issues to end your heart must be fixed.

A broken heart leads to a broken life so the most important place you need healing is in your heart. Now I’ll show you how to get that done. In Proverbs 4:20-23 we see that the Word of God is not just seed but it is life and health. As a result, the same Word of God that cannot flourish in a broken heart can also heal the broken heart. Hence, like medicine, you can treat the wounds in your heart with the healing balm of the Word of God. In a practical sense that means you have to encourage yourself in the Word.

Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Speak to yourself like David did in Psalm 42. Claim healing for your heart according to Psalm 147:3. Jesus said in Luke 4:18 that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him to heal the brokenhearted. If you are in Christ, then you already have been offered healing and it’s up to you to receive it. The healing of your heart was included in the stripes Jesus took on the cross according to 1 Peter 2:24. The steps to success in the system of the Kingdom of God are quite simple but unless you understand how it works you’ll never fully enjoy it. The point I am trying to make is that if you are not seeing results you have to prepare the soil of your heart with certain healing scriptures before you start trying to sow other scriptures.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 - A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Before we get too deep into this book, God wants to heal your heart. You can't do it by yourself and time doesn't heal anything. He wants to take out that broken heart and give you a brand new one. It's not an easy process but it's necessary. Ask God right now for a new heart and tell Him that you want to change for the better. Once you do so, He'll answer your prayer by taking you through a process of healing. Whatever happens, don't forget that your answers are in Him and His Word is available to you right now.

In sum, God wants us all to understand that the foundation of everything in existence is His Word. Therefore, if you feel like you are being shaken, strengthen your foundation. It is worthless to sow seeds into soil that’s not good so that’s why Jesus’ first parable about the Kingdom was about this very issue. In that parable, He shared the mystery of Kingdom success. While wise men looked elsewhere, He told His disciples to look inside their hearts. This type of wisdom is so profound that it will immediately change your life once it’s understood. The Word of God is quick, powerful, sharp and discerning. Nothing else is as effective. The secret is out!

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