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Understanding The Time and Season You're In

Understanding The Time and Season You're In

Understanding The Time and Season You're In!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8(NKJV) - To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.

My wife and I frequent a Caribbean restaurant near our home in Metro-Atlanta where they sell some of the best Jamaican food. Sometimes, after an early morning workout, we would buy ackee and saltfish for breakfast. Ackee is a West African fruit that became the national fruit of Jamaica and it's delicious. However, there's an interesting fact about ackee that's relevant to today's blog. Ackee can only be eaten at the right time. Until it's fully ripe, it's poisonous and can put you in a coma or even kill you. It doesn't matter how hungry you are, how much of a rush you are in or how desperate you are, you cannot enjoy ackee until it's ripe.

Today, The Lord wants to teach us a valuable Kingdom principle. Many important things in life are time-dependent. They cannot be rushed. They cannot be manipulated. They cannot be forced. They only happen when they're supposed to happen. It doesn't matter what you do, certain things won't happen until the time is right. Even if you find a way to force them to happen early, they won't happen right.

For instance, the full-term of a human baby in the womb is targeted for nine months. If a mother wants to have a natural child-birth under normal circumstances, she has to wait until that time for the baby to be delivered. If she simply gets tired of being pregnant after two months she can't decide to give birth on her own schedule because premature child-birth comes with serious health risks. She has to understand where she is in the pregnancy and act accordingly for the sake of her child's life. In the same way, when the time comes for certain things to happen, there can be no delay, they must happen. At the end of nine months, ready or not, when a baby is ready to leave the womb, the mother typically has only one logical choice; push.

1 Chronicles 12:32(AMP) - Of the tribe of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, two hundred chiefs; and all their relatives were at their command;

Do you understand the times like the tribe of Issachar? Do you know what season you are in? What has God called you to do in this season? Are you doing it? Your answers to those questions could explain your success or failure in life. Do you know that if you do the wrong thing at the right time or the right thing at the wrong time you will fail? Yes, it's crucial to know what your purpose is but it's even more crucial to know when is the right time for your purpose. If you don't get both right, you won't succeed. Yet, understanding times and seasons in God's Kingdom is not that straightforward.

In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, King Solomon taught one of the most simple, yet profound life lessons in The Holy Bible. There is a season for everything and a time for every purpose "under heaven". Pay close attention to the last two words because that's where God wants to reveal some gems of wisdom today. What did he mean by "under heaven"? Don't the same rules that govern time on earth apply in heaven? Nope! Time is a natural construct created by God for natural things. The heavenly realm operates under its own set of rules which govern eternity and they supersede our concept of time.

Psalm 31:15(NKJV) - My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.

God holds my times in His hand; not my time (singular), but my times (plural). Over the weekend, I attended the ministry school graduation of my wife, Angel, where she received her Masters in Ministry. In the opening remarks, one of the school's founders, Tim Scott, talked about four dimensions of time;

1) Chronos (Greek) - Linear, sequential, chronological time; the time that's captured by clocks and calendars.

Genesis 1:1(NKJV) - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Daniel 8:19(NKJV) - And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be.

Chronos time has a precise beginning and a precise end. As long as we are on the earth governed by the systems of the earth, we must submit to the laws of chronos time. Certain things must happen before other things can happen. Time is what it is. I can't speed up time and make a minute happen any faster than 60 seconds. I can't slow time down and make a minute last longer than 60 seconds. I can't gain time nor can I lose time. I can't control time. I can only control what I do with it. One of my favorite college professors said that time is our only non-renewable resource. Once it's gone, it's gone and we can never get it back. Nothing can be done to compensate for lost time. We can only learn from our mistakes and do better with the time we have left. Yet, that's just one dimension of time. There's so much more.

2) Set Time - A time that's appointed, like the time set on your alarm clock; the moment ordained by God for something to happen; it's non-negotiable and cannot change.

Psalm 102:13(NKJV) - You will arise and have mercy on Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come.

Psalm 105:17-22(NKJV) - He sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, He was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him. The king sent and released him, The ruler of the people let him go free. He made him lord of his house, And ruler of all his possessions, To bind his princes at his pleasure, And teach his elders wisdom.

There was a set time for Joseph's dreams to come to pass. Until then, he went through some trying times. In fact, The Bible says that The Word itself tried and tested him. What does that mean? When God gives you a prophetic Word about your future, that Word will challenge you all the way until it happens. It will challenge you to keep going. It will challenge you to stay focused. It will test your faith. It will try your patience. It will keep you on your toes knees. So what do you do while you wait for your Word to come to pass at its set time?

Galatians 6:9(NKJV) - And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Keep doing good. Keep praying. Keep serving. Keep obeying God. Keep worshiping. Keep walking in God's Will. Don't give up. Don't lose heart. Don't get tired. Don't be weary. Stick it out until your due season comes because those who sow and care for their crops while they develop will reap when harvest time comes around. You can't force your set time to come ahead of God's schedule so all you can do is be faithful to God long enough to see it happen during your lifetime. As the psalmist said in Psalm 27:13(NKJV); "I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living."

John 7:1-9(NLT) - After this, Jesus traveled around Galilee. He wanted to stay out of Judea, where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death. But soon it was time for the Jewish Festival of Shelters, and Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles! You can’t become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!” For even his brothers didn’t believe in him. Jesus replied, “Now is not the right time for me to go, but you can go anytime. The world can’t hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of doing evil. You go on. I’m not going to this festival, because my time has not yet come.” After saying these things, Jesus remained in Galilee.

Jesus knew His "set" time and refused to let His brothers talk Him into getting ahead of His Father's schedule. The time had not come for Him to reveal Himself to the masses so instead of going to the festival He stayed home. That's the perfect example of how we should apply our understanding of our "set" time. If you know that your time has not come for something, don't get ahead of God. How can you be so sure? First, listen to God's Voice. If He doesn't tell you it's time to move, it's not time to move. Second, look for God's open door. He won't ask you to do something without first opening the door for you to do it. When He opens the door and tells you to walk through it, it's your "set" time. Until then, wait.

3) Fullness of Time - The time when something is complete, like the time when a baby is ready to be born; it marks the successful end of a process and varies depending on the exact duration of the process.

Galatians 4:3-5(NKJV) - Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden God set in motion a plan of redemption that spanned thousands of years. It started with the first animal sacrifice by God Himself. He killed an innocent animal and used its skin to cover Adam and Eve's nakedness. He called for sacrifices from Cain and Abel. He broke the curse on the earth because of Noah then washed it clean with a flood. He brought Isaac, the son of Promise through the seed of Abraham, the Hebrew nation through Jacob, salvation from famine through Joseph, freedom for slavery and the advent of the law through Moses. This plan unfolded until it ended in the fullness of time with Jesus Christ, the innocent lamb of God, dying on The Cross for all sin. Jesus didn't just die because the time had come, He died because the process was complete. That's why on The Cross He could say with confidence, "It is finished!"

Hebrews 10:35-36(KJV) - Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

You only receive the promise after you have done the Will of God. However, there's no guarantee that you'll receive it immediately after. That's why you have need of patience. The fullness of time depends on what you do but it doesn't only depend on what you do. There are many other corroborating factors that must be in place. We can only see things from our narrow perspectives so we may believe the time is right for something because we're ready for it to happen. The Most High God, on the other hand sees it all and has to ensure that all things are working together for our good and the good of everyone else involved. When all things are in place in the fullness of time, the promise will come to pass.

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.

Before I get to the final dimension of time, The Lord woke me up to write this blog at our 3:00 AM set time (his favorite time to speak with me) and revealed another dimension of time that I will address now.

4) Cyclical/ Seasonal Time - The moment when certain things take place after regular intervals of time; the sun sets and rises in one day; spring, summer, fall and winter repeat in one year.

Genesis 8:22(NKJV) - “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”

Spring comes after winter. If you're tired of winter, you can't force spring to come any faster, you have to wait for it. That's just the way it is and there's nothing we can do about it as long as we're "under heaven". We are also subject to cyclical time. When the sun rises, it's morning time and when the sun sets, it's evening time. The sun won't set in the morning or rise in the evening. That's how time works and we're bound to it. Certain things don't happen unless the season is right for it to happen.

Psalm 1:1-3(NKJV) - Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

You can only bring forth fruit in the season designated for that fruit. A revelation of that will change your life for the better. It will help you to curb your expectations to match the season of your life. It will save you from disappointment and frustration. It will cause you to focus your energy in the right direction. There's a season to sow and a season to reap. If you sow during your planting season you can be confident that you will reap in your harvest season. There's a season to work and a season to rest. If you work during your resting season you won't make it through your working season. There's a season to start certain things and a season to end them. There's a season to go to certain places and a season to leave them forever. Since there's a season for everything, you're always in the season for something. What season are you in right now?

5) Kairos (Greek) - Right, critical, opportune time; the time when God breaks into the natural realm with His supernatural power and authority demonstrating His Sovereignty.

Joshua 10:12-14(AMP) - Then Joshua spoke to the Lord on the day when the Lord handed over the Amorites to the sons of Israel, and Joshua said in the sight of Israel, “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, And moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation [of Israel] took vengeance upon their enemies. Is it not written in the Book of Jashar? So the sun stood still in the middle of the sky and was in no hurry to go down for about a whole day. There has not been a day like that before it or after it, when the Lord listened to (heeded) the voice of a man; for the Lord was fighting for Israel.

What really happened that day? Did Joshua's words stop the sun from moving? One of the most basic lessons we learn in classical mechanics is that, as it relates to the earth, the sun is not moving. It's the earth that's moving. What about the moon? Did it stop moving? Did the moon's lack of movement affect the force of gravity or the tides? Do you understand the collateral impact that a situation like that would have had on the earth? If the earth stopped rotating for several hours so that the sun was directly above the battlefield what happened on the other side of the earth? Were they in darkness?

Obviously, this situation defies all logic and cannot be explained using natural phenomenon. What if there's a Kingdom explanation for this? God inserted His supernatural power to save Israel and took control of natural time. His Kairos time was imposed upon earth's chronos time long enough for His people to defeat their enemies. God also overrode the reality of cyclical time, stopping the earth's daily movement because it was the set time for Israel to defeat the Amorites whose wickedness against God and His children reached its fullness of time.

Kairos time has no limitation or schedule and is not subject to any laws. It's the time that represents God's sovereignty. It's the time when God imposes the power of infinite eternity on finite time. Whenever He feels like breaking into a situation with His power, He will do so. He created time and can do whatever He pleases with it. Any time is a good time for the Kairos time of God.

Case Study: Moses and the Children of Israel

Exodus 2:11-14(AMP) - One day, after Moses had grown [into adulthood], it happened that he went to his countrymen and looked [with compassion] at their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his countrymen. He turned to look around, and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. He went out the next day and saw two Hebrew men fighting with each other; and he said to the aggressor, “Why are you striking your friend?” But the man said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and said, “Certainly this incident is known.”

In Exodus 2:11-14, we read the account of Moses killing an Egyptian to save a Hebrew slave. At that point, he was 40 years old. He did it out of compassion for his people but it didn't work out the way he thought it would. To Moses, it seemed like a good chronos time because any time is good to be free from slavery. Yet, it wasn't God's Kairos time because God did not break in and help Moses free his people in response to the actions of Moses. It wasn't the set time for freedom because we read in Genesis 15:13(AMP); "God said to Abram, “Know for sure that your descendants will be strangers [living temporarily] in a land (Egypt) that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years."

The Hebrews had to be enslaved for 400 years and would not be free any earlier than that. It also was not the fullness of time because look at the response of the Hebrew man when Moses told him to stop fighting his brother. He obviously wasn't ready and neither was Moses. Their freedom would only happen after a process and it was a threefold process. Moses had to go through a process in the wilderness with God for 40 years. After that, Egypt had to go through the process of 10 plagues. Most importantly, the Hebrews had to finish their process of learning to trust God for their salvation and freedom. Unfortunately, for most of them, even though they made it out of Egypt, they didn't make it into the Promised Land because they never completed the process. Sadly, even though they made it out of Egypt, they died in the wilderness and their fullness of time never came to enter the Promised Land.

Deuteronomy 8:1-3(NKJV) - “Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.

The "set" time for freedom from slavery was 400 years. The Chronos time for entering the promised land was 11 days. They had chronos time and God's set time on their side but they still didn't see the promise. Why? They didn't reach the fullness of time because they didn't complete the process of mental and spiritual transformation in the wilderness in 11 days or even 40 years. Hence, they never experienced God's Kairos time and died in the wilderness. While God was dealing with the Children of Israel as a group, He was also working on Moses as an individual.

God worked with Moses in 40 year cycles. At 40 years old he felt a sudden compassion for the Hebrew slaves and killed an Egyptian. It was not the "set" time for their freedom so he ran into the wilderness where he spent another 40 years before God showed up to call him back to Egypt. He returned at 80 years old and that time, The Lord was with Him. When Moses was done in Egypt not only did every first born in Egypt die, their entire army was drowned in the Red Sea and the Children of Israel were set free. Forty years after that, at the age of 120, Moses finally saw the Promised Land. Unfortunately, he couldn't enter because he didn't do so 40 years before. He wasn't weak, sick or impaired but he died at 120 at the end of his "chronos" time.

Times Are Changing!

Daniel 2:20-22(NKJV) - Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.

Amos 9:13(AMP) - “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the one who gathers the harvest, And the one who treads the grapes [shall overtake] him who sows the seed [for the harvest continues until planting time]; When the mountains will drip sweet wine And all the hills shall melt [that is, everything that was once barren will overflow with streams of blessing].

The Lord said through Pastor Tim that we are entering a season when all dimensions of time will occur simultaneously in our lives. This is how The Lord showed it to me this morning. Think of your times as 5 intersecting circles with one spot at the center where all 5 overlap each other. There's a koinonia or union of times that takes place when enough "chronos" time has passed, God's set time for your favor has come, you've been through your processing and it's your fullness of time, it's your season for breakthrough and God supernaturally breaks into your life with His miraculous power. In that moment, all natural laws will be suspended. You will reap where you did not sow. What should take years will happen in a moment. God will turn back the clock and restore all that was lost. God will open doors that should never open under natural circumstances. God will heal diseases that became progressively worse over the years. God will perform miracles.

So what now? When is the right time for you to see God's promise come to pass in your life? Well, it depends on your definition of time. Understand the time and season you're in. You can't stop, speed up or slow down chronological time so accept that the clock will keep ticking. You can't control God's "set" time so submit to God's schedule of events for your life. However, you need to know where you are in your season and you need to do what God has called you to do for this season. Only when you complete what you should be doing in your current season will you be able to enter your next season in the fullness of time. Also, only when you're doing what God has called you to do for this season will you be rightly positioned for your "set" time for His promise. Last, but definitely not least, the only overriding factor on all time is God's Kairos time. It can happen whenever God chooses and when it comes, it will be right on time. It is my prayer that you're ready for God to break into your situation right now!

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July 6, 2015 Posted by admin in Purpose

Make The Most Of Life While You Still Have A Chance

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Hebrews 9:27-28(NKJV) - And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

Yesterday, I received a call from one of my friends with some very bad news. Another friend of ours had a heart attack and passed away the day before. He found out about the death on Facebook after noticing several postings offering condolences on the guy's page. After first wondering what was going on, he was eventually able to deduce what had happened. At the time of his untimely death, our friend was no older than 38 years old. He was a man of God gifted in music and teaching God's Word. He came from a family of ministers and had spent much of his life in the ministry.

However, during the last few years he faced some trying times in his personal life. He would always put on a brave face when we saw him so there was no way for us to know how he was coping. We just hung out with him the other day while watching a big boxing match at a friend's house. We knew he was going through a rough season but there was no way we could have imagined that he would have died so suddenly. That changed everything.

I think about the times I talked with him on the phone encouraging him and offering Godly counsel. I wonder if I should have said certain things differently or maybe adopted a much stronger stance on certain issues. Would it have influenced his situation for the better or perhaps even saved his life? Nonetheless, hindsight is 20-20. We comfort our hearts knowing that he's in heaven where he doesn't have to deal with any more of this earthly mess.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8(KJV) - To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Welcome to today's blog. It's real! I'll be honest. This entire situation really shook me. What do you mean he's dead? People just die like that? Good guys too? Was it really his time to die already? While driving home with my wife after the same boxing match a few months ago I commented to her about how gifted he was and how much we needed his gifts in the church. We could only dream of people like him all over Atlanta choosing to join a church like our own in a city full of amazing edifices led by internationally known superstars.

I then lamented that there are so many huge churches full of gifted people who prefer to go there, sit down and do nothing instead of finding a place to serve where they are really needed. If that wasn't enough I didn't factor in the possibility of death coming early because that thought always brings a sense of urgency. People are dying with gifts, talents and dreams that we need in The Body of Christ. Hence, those of us who are still alive need to live like there's a reason to live and do everything God has called us to do right now. Don't think about it. Do it now! If it's not needed where you are then find somewhere else to do it. The time for excuses is over. Just do it! You never know when your time will be up.

Ephesians 5:15-17(AMP) - Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.

So what are you doing with your life? Are you living like time is running out or are you letting precious time go to waste? One of my favorite professors once told me that time is our only non-renewable resource. Once it's gone, it's gone. You cannot make time. You cannot make up time. You cannot even manage time. You can manage what you do with the time you have and that's about it. Time progresses regardless of what you do. It doesn't depend on you and there's nothing you can do to affect it. As a result, if you don't do something with your time you will lose it. What's even worse is that you have no idea how much time you do have. So you may be operating on the assumption that you have allot of time when you may only have a little.

You're still alive so make the most of the time you have left on the earth. Live with purpose. Live with wisdom. Get a hold of God's Will for your life and don't settle for anything less than its complete fulfillment. Don't sit on your gifts. Live with a sense of urgency. No, the sky's not falling but the clock is ticking and that's an even bigger emergency. Tick tock, tick tock... Each second of time is one less second you have to do God's Will for your life. If you don't know where to start, you can start here.

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You May Feel Tired But Don't You Ever Quit!

You May Feel Tired But Don't You Ever Quit!

Galatians 6:9(NKJV) - And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Today is another installment in our blog series on "The Will-Power of God". Let's now continue building from yesterday's blog; "Unleashing God's WILL-POWER". Even though these thoughts are being presented in a particular order it doesn't necessarily mean I received them in that order. To be perfectly honest, what you are reading now is the first blog that spawned the series. I started working on it earlier this week before I switched gears and completed the others.

The premise for today is simple. Don't quit regardless of how you feel! Even when you are doing that which is good you could feel tired and completely drained sometimes. Anything you do can have a very high emotional, social and/or physical cost. Nonetheless, that's why Galatians 6:9 exists. Don't get tired of doing what you know God has asked of you because there's a big harvest awaiting you if you are consistent long enough to receive it. There is a due season for your life and only at that time will God release your harvest for the seeds you've sown into His Kingdom.

Isaiah 40:30-31(NKJV) - Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

It's normal to feel tired. There's absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. As the scripture says, even youths get tired and young men fall. I can't speak for you but I thank God for that because I feel really tired sometimes. I need to know what to do when it starts becoming too much and what better place to look for answers than The Word of God. So what's the answer? Wait on The Lord!

In this moment I interpret waiting on The Lord in two ways. First, just like we saw earlier in Galatians 6:9, God wants us to remain faithful and consistent while we wait for Him to reward us. Therefore, even if you feel really tired right now, your decision to wait on The Lord is a demonstration of your faith which causes God to respond with supernatural strength.

The other way I interpret waiting on The Lord right now is to stop striving to make things happen and wait on The Lord. We should save the energy we are expending running on an emotional treadmill to nowhere and focus it on The Lord. Perhaps the fatigue is a sign that we need to rest and wait on The Lord to move us forward. While we do so, He will renew our strength.

Hebrews 10:35-38(NKJV) - Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: "For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him."

So, what's the bottom line? Even after you do God's Will you still need to be patient. There's always a gap in time between when seeds of obedience are sown and the harvest of God's goodness is reaped. Don't push yourself into the ground trying to make anything happen that only God can make happen. Focus your energy on doing what He asked you to do and don't add to or subtract anything from it. Last, don't ever backtrack on what you started for The Lord. That gives Him no pleasure.

Luke 12:42-45(NKJV) - And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.

Develop a reputation of faithfulness in the eyes of God. Be faithful regardless of how you feel. Be confident that God will deliver on His promise to you. He will reward your faithfulness. You may feel tired but don't you ever quit!

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Unleashing God's WILL-POWER

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Welcome back to our latest blog series on God's Will-Power. We've studied God's Will and we've studied God's power but two days ago God started talking to me about the combination of the two in His Will-Power. If you were here yesterday you would know that this is a continuation from yesterday's blog; "The Will-Power of God". The point that God's been stressing is that His power is tied to His Will so if He wants something to happen His power is available to make it happen. Armed with this knowledge, if we want to effectively and consistently walk in His power we must choose to walk in His Will.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11(NKJV) - There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

If you look carefully at our main scripture for today you will see some important facts about God's gifts. First, spiritual gifts are really the manifestation of The Holy Spirit. Second, when He gives a person a gift it's not just for the recipient but for the profit of everyone. Third, He gives out gifts according to His Will. What does that mean? If you have a gift of any sort it's because God wants you to have it. He gave you the gift for a reason and that's to benefit everyone else. Again, though He gave the gift to you, it's actually not just for you. Hence, every gift of God comes with a responsibility to use it so that others can profit from what God gave. You can't choose to sit on your gift because by doing so you rob the rest of us from benefitting from it.

Romans 11:29(KJV) - For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

The Bible also says in Romans 11:29 that God's gifts and His call on your life are without repentance. This means that once He gave them to you He won't take them back. There is no gift exchange in God's Kingdom. He distributes gifts and that's about it. However, as we saw earlier in the blog, even though you get to keep your gifts regardless of what you do with them you are expected to use them. Romans 11:29 also means that God's gifts and His call on your life go together.

So if God gave you a gift there are strings attached because He also called you to do something very specific with it. Therefore, God won't call you to do something you are not gifted to do and He won't gift you to do something He didn't call you to do. Simply put; God's gifts are given to people according to God's Will to empower them to do His Will or carry out His call for their lives. Now that we understand this, let's get to the bottom line. People run into problems when they use God's gifts for something other than His call on their lives. In other words, they try to separate God's gift from His call. Strangely, God doesn't just cut off the gift because it's without repentance.

He also doesn't always cut off the power behind the gift which is not necessarily a good thing for those involved. At least, if God cuts off the power behind your gift when you're not using it the way He wants you to, it will act as a wake up call. The frustration that comes from being ineffective should drive you to your knees. Sadly, if you are allowed to continue to operate in God's gifts with His power behind you when you're outside of His Will this is what eventually happens.

Matthew 7:21-23(KJV) - Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Look at that! Many people can prophesy, cast out devils and do many wonderful works but be outside of The Will of God. Unfortunately, this causes confusion during their time on the earth because they assume that as long as they can operate in God's power they are in proper standing with God. This is why God's been talking to me about cutting off the power for some people who get out of His Will. We can consider that to be His mercy. We rather it be obvious now that something's wrong than live in deception all the way to the judgment seat of Christ then get blindsided. Who wants to show up before God expecting rewards and end up receiving punishment?

In sum, God's cutting the power from those who are out of His Will and that's good news. If a man is not in God's Will he doesn't need to be operating by God's power anyway because that's dangerous. It's dangerous for the people who are doing the ministry because they could end up in hell and it's dangerous for the people receiving the ministry because you never know what you could be getting. It's time to unleash God's Will-Power! It's the dimension of His power that's only available when you do His Will.

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The Will-Power of God

The Will-Power of God

Luke 22:41-45(NKJV) - And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow.

Kneeling before The Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was at the end of His Will. It was time for Him to take the sin of the world upon His shoulders and carry it all the way to the cross. He knew it was His life's purpose to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29) but goodness, it would not be easy. To do something like that would take more than His willpower in His current state as a human being. Regardless of how motivated He was all along He couldn't just push through on His own when the moment of truth arrived. He needed supernatural help from His Father. As a result, He found a place to pray and plugged in through prayer into His power source.

In that moment what seemed too difficult or even impossible for Him to do as a man became possible again. So what was it that really happened that night between Jesus and The Father? What changed in the Garden of Gethsemane that enabled Jesus to boldly accept His call and go to the cross? There was a great exchange. Jesus exchanged His Will which could only bring Him so far and no further for The Will of His Father which would bring Him through to the end. He exchanged His willpower for His Father's WILL-POWER. In other words, Jesus didn't only agree to do something that He momentarily questioned but His agreement with His Father's Will unleashed the supernatural power He needed to get it done.

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John 9:31(NKJV) - Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.

Welcome to today's blog. I know this is not the traditional interpretation of what happened in The Garden of Gethsemane but yesterday The Lord blew this wide open. When you have a choice to do your will or God's Will what you are really choosing between is your willpower and God's WILL-POWER. In other words, when you do your will you will have to do it in your power because only your power can push your will forward. However, when you accept God's Will you also accept God's power because His power is always and only available to do His Will.

Therefore, whenever you are out of God's Will for your life, you are unplugged from God's power. Your prayers won't get answered because He's not hearing them. Even if you're doing something good, you will get very tired because if it's not God's Will you will be operating in your own strength. How much sense does that really make? Don't you see the value of being intentional to always remain in God's Will? I certainly hope so. God's WILL-POWER is available right now and for you to access it you need to get busy doing His Will. Therefore, the thought for today is a simple question. Are you doing God's Will or are you not? Think about it and return tomorrow as we dig deeper into this revelation.

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The Body Bible Study - Is It OK To Take Risks?

Next Session - Saturday, December 14th, 2013

You are personally invited to join us in Atlanta (Vinings), GA for our exciting, new monthly bible study; "The Body". Our mission is to bring people into The Body of Christ, help them to discover where they fit and show them how to execute their purpose with a burning passion for Jesus! Join us every 2nd Saturday as we address Biblical steps toward discovering and executing The Will of God for your life.

If you're out of town, you're invited to join The Body Online where you will receive access to the same interactive information from anywhere in the world. By the time we're finished you will be well on your way to fulfilling your destiny. Contact us for more details and to RSVP. Invite a friend. Visit us at www.thecrackeddoor.com for more info.

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Video Of The Month - A Man After God's Own Heart

Acts 13:22(KJV) - And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

Are you a man after God's own heart? Are you fulfilling all of God's Will for your life? This message will revolutionize your life. For more info, visit www.thecrackeddoor.com.

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The Body (Session Five) - One Step Closer To Your Purpose

Next Session - Saturday, October 12th, 2013

You are personally invited to join us in Atlanta (Vinings), GA for our exciting, new monthly bible study; "The Body". Our mission is to bring people into The Body of Christ, help them to discover where they fit and show them how to execute their purpose with a burning passion for Jesus! Join us every 2nd Saturday as we address Biblical steps toward discovering and executing The Will of God for your life.

If you're out of town, you're invited to join The Body Online where you will receive access to the same interactive information from anywhere in the world. By the time we're finished you will be well on your way to fulfilling your destiny. Contact us for more details and to RSVP. Invite a friend. Visit us at www.thecrackeddoor.com for more info.

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The Body Bible Study: "The Holy Spirit - Your Spiritual GPS"

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.

You are personally invited to join us in Atlanta (Vinings), GA for our exciting, new monthly bible study; "The Body". Our mission is to bring people into The Body of Christ, help them to discover where they fit and show them how to execute their purpose with a burning passion for Jesus! Join us every 2nd Saturday as we address Biblical steps toward discovering and executing The Will of God for your life.

If you're out of town, you're invited to join The Body Online where you will receive access to the same interactive information from anywhere in the world. By the time we're finished you will be well on your way to fulfilling your destiny. Contact us for more details and to RSVP. Invite a friend.

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Standing On The Strong Foundation Of Jesus Christ

Standing On The Foundation Of Jesus Christ

For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:9-10 NKJV

In the construction business there are many foundation types. When a building is to be erected at a new site the owner must retain a geotechnical or civil engineer to analyze the existing soil conditions. Based on their findings, they make recommendations about the type of foundation that should be used. The main factors that determine the foundation type are the intended building layout and the soil profile.

The soil profile can range from solid rock in the best case scenario to clayey soils in good conditions all the way to sandy soil in the worst case scenario. A rock foundation is the best to build upon and it's stronger than any man-made foundation. Without a solid rock foundation, if the soil is good only a relatively shallow mat or strip footing foundation is necessary to anchor a small building. However, if the soil is not good at all an expensive deep pile foundation may be necessary.

In contrast, there are no foundation options for the builders of The Church. As Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:12 there is only one foundation upon which The Church can be built and that's Jesus Christ. Every program, initiative and endeavor within The Church must somehow point people back to Christ. If the focus ever gets off Christ there's a crack in the foundation of The Church which is a universal sign of a major structural issue.

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" So they said,"Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said,"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Matthew 16:13-19 NKJV

The entire church is built on the rock of Jesus Christ. When Simon received a revelation of Jesus Christ he discovered the first step to building The Church. It's this revelation of Jesus which gives us access to the only power that withstands all the forces of darkness. It's this revelation which gives us the keys to the kingdom of heaven and the authority to bind evil spirits and loose the Spirit of God on the earth.

At that time so many people had met Jesus but had no idea of His true identity. Some thought he was another prophet like John the Baptist, Elijah or Jeremiah but The Holy Spirit told Simon the truth. When each of us get this same truth we will also be firmly established on the rock of Jesus Christ. There are many doctrines being taught and traditions being kept in The Church but they all pale in comparison to a revelation of Jesus Christ. He alone is the rock foundation we need to build upon.

In fact, who is Jesus Christ anyway? Do you really even know that yourself? When you think about Him, what comes to mind? Your answer to those questions are a demonstration of the strength of your foundation in Christianity. If you can't answer any of them, your foundation is shaky. Nonetheless, this is the foundation that must be laid by the apostles and prophets.

Jesus, The Chief Cornerstone

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:19-22 NKJV

Together, The Church is the temple or dwelling place of The Holy Spirit. It's established according to 1 Corinthians 6:19 that each individual Christian is the temple of The Holy Spirit. That's common knowledge in The Church. What's not common knowledge is that God wants us collectively to be built together into a corporate temple in which He could dwell. This means that there is a certain level of the presence of God that's only reserved for a corporate body of Christians properly built together.

By myself, I am a microcosm of God's building and He does dwell in me but together we are God's building and He desires to dwell in us together as a group. That's what we call taking this thing to the next level. The construction of the foundation anchored and held in position by the chief cornerstone, Jesus is the beginning of the process toward The Church's establishment as God's temple.

If you are merely a part of the building called The Church and have not been officially called by God to be a builder your responsibility is to stay in place where the builders have put you. The same way a structural engineer creates a set of plans that are followed by contractors during construction God creates a blueprint for His Church as well as individual assemblies. These must be followed by His builders who in turn place people where they are supposed to fit into the plan.

Now let's make this very practical. If someone is called by God to be a builder how exactly should that person be building God's people? What does a foundation of Jesus Christ look like? If we can answer these questions we can accurately discern the stability of The Church or at least our local assembly. If the foundation of The Church is sure, we will be able to withstand the strong winds of doctrine and fiery trials without total collapse.

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