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The Body Session Two (07.13.13) - "What's My Purpose?"

Session Two - Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Location: Atlanta, GA (Contact us for details)

Time: 6:00 PM

Are you really living or just going through the motions? Do you ever wonder why you were put on this earth? Your life is not an accident. You were fashioned to be God's unique expression on this earth for this moment in time. Do you desire to fully become the YOU you were created to be?

Network with a group of fun and friendly individuals who are determined to leave our mark on the earth. If you are interested but can't join us in Atlanta, GA please contact us at our website; www.thecrackeddoor.com . We'll provide exclusive access to The Body Online community. You don't need to miss a thing.

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June 27, 2013 Posted by admin in Unity

Video Of The Month: Divine Unity

Genesis 11:1(KJV) - And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
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Ask Donnell: How Do I Help A Suicidal Friend?

Ask Donnell: How Do I Help A Suicidal Friend?

We received the following question from Jamie;

"A friend of mine killed himself. Now another friend of mine is sounding suicidal. She's a college student in another country and when we connect over social media her words sound so dark. She's posted some things recently that drew my attention. How can I help?"

Whew! We made it through all of your questions. Friday, we addressed friendships in "Ask Donnell: What Is The Will Of God Concerning Friendships?" Wednesday, we addressed romance in "Ask Donnell: What is The Will of God Concerning Romantic Relationships?" Those were some good questions. Today, we'll deal with something much more serious.

The Lord spoke to me about this directly a few days ago. He said to take any threat or hint of suicide very seriously. He said that if someone appears to be suicidal we have to do all we can to save the person immediately. He spoke to me through a dream in which we didn't seriously consider the suicidal threats of a teenager. We just couldn't believe the person would go through with it but we were wrong. The next morning we found out the person was dead. I woke up and told my wife that if we hear of anyone threatening suicide we have to move quickly because it's an emergency. However, the real question is; "Move quickly and do what?"

I'll start by bringing some context to your question. Your friend is in another country and you only have contact through online social media. Therefore, only so much can be done from where you are. The first thing that usually comes to mind is that she needs professional help from a qualified counselor, preferably a born-again Christian. However, we cannot assume that professional help is readily available where she is and if it is available that she would be willing to seek it on her own. As you stated in your question, she didn't ask for help but you know she needs it. You can ask her to seek professional help but if she chooses not to do it what are you supposed to do? Let's start from there and build a response from The Bible.

1 Kings 19:1-10(NKJV) - And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” So he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

When Elijah heard that Jezebel was after him he ran for his life into the wilderness. After a major victory over her prophets Elijah probably thought he would finally have some peace. However, there was none to be found. He didn't even get a chance to celebrate because Jezebel wanted him dead. Elijah grew so depressed that He asked God to take his life. Think about it.

A powerful man like Elijah had suicidal thoughts and put them before The Lord. How did God respond to Elijah's threat of suicide? There are some key lessons we can learn here. In Isaiah 9:6 Jesus is called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Therefore, there's no professional counselor better than God! Let's see Him in action.

Romans 2:4(KJV) - Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

In an effort to get Elijah to change his position God showed him goodness. God first showed His love for Elijah by sending an angel to feed him but that wasn't enough. Elijah just ate the food and lay back down depressed. When Elijah didn't come out of his funk, the angel returned with more food and encouragement.

This was no ordinary meal. It was supernatural. Elijah took off on a 40 day journey with just that one meal and arrived at Horeb, the mountain of God where He could hear God speak. It was at that place God asked Elijah an open-ended question and allowed him to honestly share his heart. Elijah kept it real with God and held nothing back. After hearing Elijah out, God responded.

1 Kings 19:11-18(NKJV) - Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” And he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” Then the Lord said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. It shall be that whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and whoever escapes the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Watch carefully what God does here. Though He shows Elijah His power with an awesome display of wind, earthquake and fire He softly asked Elijah again, "What's going on?" This is another open-ended question. Again, God allows Elijah to speak freely about what he felt in his heart. God who knows all things played the role of listener first. He let Elijah do all the talking before He gave a response. God knew Elijah's heart was fixed so He basically told Elijah to prepare for an exit by setting certain affairs in order.

Then God told Elijah the truth about his situation. He was not alone. There were 7000 others like him so he didn't need to be depressed about something that was not true. With that, God successfully talked Elijah "off the ledge" long enough to appoint kings over Syria and Israel then transfer The Anointing to Elisha. That was all he needed. So what can we learn here?

How Do I Help A Suicidal Friend?

1) Pray

Philippians 4:6-7(NKJV) - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Before you panic, pray! She's in another country so in the case of an emergency like the threat of suicide you have to move quickly into prayer. You can't call any crisis line or emergency rescue in a foreign country but you can call on The Lord. Prayer is how we call our spiritual 9-1-1. There is no time or space in the spirit so ask The Lord to dispatch a team of angels to intervene according to Psalms 34:7 and Psalms 91:11-12. The moment you pray in faith the angels are there. If you pray you can trust God to respond immediately but if you don't pray you don't know what will happen. Prayer gets The Counselor involved and that's always good.

2) Show Love and Kindness

Proverbs 19:22(NKJV) - What is desired in a man is kindness, And a poor man is better than a liar.

Colossians 3:12(KJV) - Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

The angel God first sent to Elijah didn't show up empty-handed. He showed up with food and encouragement. That's how God did it and that's how we should do it too. After you pray show the person kindness. She's out of the country so give her a call and show her love and kindness with your words. If she was in town you would be able to show up at her house with a bunch of food but since that's not possible work with what you have. Post encouraging words to her social media accounts. Follow The Counselor's example and encourage her with love and kindness. Kindness and love opens any person's heart to trust you more. It brings down the walls around the person's heart.

3) Listen

James 1:19(NKJV) - So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;

James 5:16(KJV) - Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

God is the ultimate Counselor and when he dealt with suicidal Elijah God listened to him. Why did The God of All listen to a man? God loved Elijah and let him pour his heart out. Since you have no idea what your friend is going through you have no choice but to ask open-ended questions and let her speak. In fact, just being able to pour one's heart out to another person is therapeutic. God did it for Elijah so you can do it for your friend. However, listening alone is just the beginning. You have to take it a step further. Always listen first but here's the next step.

4) Speak Truth

John 8:32(KJV) - And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 17:17(KJV) - Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Only after listening to Elijah did God tell him the truth. The same is expected of you in a similar situation. After you hear your friend out several times tell her the truth. You have no idea what she's going through so let her tell you in her own words first so you'll know how to respond. She will probably self-diagnose her own problems and make it easy for you. Once you ask her enough open-ended questions to let her pour her heart out it's your turn to pour truth back into her heart.

Ephesians 4:15(KJV) - But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

With love, let her know the truth. Don't argue or point out that her feelings are unreasonable even if they are. Just speak the truth in love. Let the truth make her free. God is love so when you show love you show God and He knows how to talk anyone "off a ledge". God bless and be with you throughout this process. We agree in prayer that the spirit of depression over your friend's life is rebuked and removed in the name of Jesus. Let's never let anyone fall on our watch without at least trying to help.

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Ask Donnell: What is The Will of God Concerning Romantic Relationships?

Ask Donnell: What Is The Will Of God Concerning Romantic Relationships?

We received the following questions from Jamie;

"a) What is the Will of GOD concerning romantic relationships?
b) When do you know you are ready? (Do you prioritize academics, then career then relationship?)
c) When did you realize that Angel was a good person to get to know more and vice versa?

(There were one or two guys who seemed to be interested in me but I blanked them all. I do not even try to have good friendships, other than through casual church activities. I just say hi, hello and bye then I usually run away. What questions should I ask yourself and others?)"

What's the Will of God concerning relationships? That's a loaded question. 🙂 Hence, we have to address it in segments. I know when you first submitted your questions you asked about relationships in general but some of your questions do fall into the category of romantic relationships. Last Friday we addressed your question on friendships in "Ask Donnell: What Is The Will Of God Concerning Friendships?" We're moving on now.

Today's emphasis is on romantic relationships and believe me, there's much to say. Romantic relationships always make for good conversation. I recently attended a discussion forum on this topic with a bunch of other young adult Christians in Atlanta. My wife and I were the only married couple there so we had a great time adding our perspective to the mix. Anyway, enough of the pleasantries, let's get down to business.

We have to approach romantic relationships from the perspective of potential marriage relationships. Obviously, we can't expect every romantic relationship to grow into marriage but that should be the ultimate goal when the time is right. Why? If you enter a romantic relationship without any possibility of marriage it's most likely going to end at some point. When it does end, somebody is going to get hurt and it just might be you. Broken romantic relationships take a heavy toll on your heart so you don't want to set yourself up for serious emotional issues if you don't have to. Jesus had some interesting things to say about this topic so let's start there.

Matthew 19:10-12(MSG) - Jesus’ disciples objected, “If those are the terms of marriage, we’re stuck. Why get married?” But Jesus said, “Not everyone is mature enough to live a married life. It requires a certain aptitude and grace. Marriage isn’t for everyone. Some, from birth seemingly, never give marriage a thought. Others never get asked—or accepted. And some decide not to get married for kingdom reasons. But if you’re capable of growing into the largeness of marriage, do it.”

Marriage can be heaven on earth but it can also be hell on earth. Which one it is depends on the two people involved. According to Jesus, everyone is not mature enough to handle marriage. That's a harsh reality. Some don't want to believe that but let's not live in denial. There are both married and divorced people right now who wish they never got married because it turned out to be nothing like they dreamed. They thought they were ready because they were "in love" with Mr/ Mrs Right. Unfortunately, they realized quickly that emotional love doesn't keep two people together for the rest of their lives. It takes a little more than that.

The Biblical conditions of marriage are very strict and few people have wholeheartedly committed themselves to that high standard. If both people do what God says in their marriage God will take care of their marriage regardless of the challenges they face. However, like many other aspects of Christianity we expect God to give us everything but He often asks for more then we are willing to give Him. Therefore, as the standard of commitment to The Lord drops all around us so does the quality of marriage in our society. We choose to do what we want so we pay the price for our choices.

Let's now answer your specific questions.

a) What is the Will of GOD concerning romantic relationships?

Proverbs 4:23(AMP) - Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

Don't rush into romantic relationships. Protect your heart because it determines the course of your life. Do not be quick to let people in who have no business being there. It might be fun to date but getting your heart broken is no fun at all. As we clearly stated in, "Ask Donnell: What Is The Will Of God Concerning Friendships?" there are categories of friends so keep everyone in the right category and avoid potential trouble.

There are seasons in your life when you don't need any romantic relationships and that's fine. There's no need to make something happen out of it's season. Focus on building your relationship with God and establishing good friendships with people. If you don't need to give your heart to someone don't do it. In fact, before you give someone else your heart remember you're giving the person your life also. If you can trust someone with your life only then can you trust the person with your heart. Now let's look at some good advice from Apostle Paul.

1 Corinthians 7:1-9(NKJV) - Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment. For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that. But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

In a nutshell, Apostle Paul addresses the reality of sexual tension. It's as real as the air we breathe. For single people, it's not the best reason to get married but if you meet someone God has for you and you both know you're ready to get married just get married. Don't make it hard for each other to stay right before The Lord by dragging the process along. For married people, part of the deal we make at the altar is to satisfy our spouse's needs. While single people have to discipline themselves to hold themselves back, married people have to discipline themselves not to hold themselves back. This is an area where many people fall in The Church. We try to be stronger than the grace God has given to us or place unrealistic expectations on someone else.

Apostle Paul makes it clear that these words are not meant as commandments but let's be honest, that doesn't matter. This is Godly advice from the man who wrote most of The Bible by the inspiration of The Holy Spirit. He basically taught The Church how to operate. He defined the word, "Apostle". If he speaks about anything we need to listen. Purity in the area of our sexuality is a huge challenge but as Christians we have to give it our best shot with the help of The Holy Spirit. Before marriage, it's important to engage in romantic relationships in a Godly fashion and remaining pure is at the top of the list.

Ask Donnell: What is The Will of God Concerning Romantic Relationships?

b) When do you know you are ready? (Do you prioritize academics, then career then relationship?)

This is very subjective. The Lord will guide you to the right order for your life. However, I'll share with you the pattern I modeled my life after and you can make your own choice. It is working out quite well for me so I have peace with my decision. The perfect example for my life in that area comes from God's original order for the first man He created. In theology this is called "The Law of First Mention". How God did something the first time should be considered as God's original plan.

It's true that God makes adjustments as time goes on but His adjustments usually coincide with our bad decisions. For instance, because Adam failed, God sent Jesus and that's why Jesus was called the last Adam in 1 Corinthians 15:15. When Israel demanded a king first they suffered under King Saul but God eventually gave them King David according to Acts 13:22. Adam and Eve were originally vegetarians but after they sinned God killed the first animal to give them something to wear in Genesis 3:21. God has a perfect plan but He adjusts because He is merciful and gracious. Here's how God did it with Adam. Like Apostle Paul said earlier, this is is not a commandment but sound advice.

Genesis 2:15-25(NKJV) - Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Which did God give first to Adam? A job or a wife? A job! Before Eve came along in the flesh, God gave Adam more than just a job. God gave him an assignment. He was told to tend and keep the garden first then he was required to name all the animals. Only then did God decide to put him to sleep and give him a wife. Why wasn't the first thing on God's mind giving Adam a wife? We can only speculate but if God gave Adam a wife to help him, Adam needed to be doing something she could help him with. Adam needed to know his God-given purpose as a single man and also needed to prepare the garden before his wife "moved in".

Now let's break this down. At the very least a man needs to be able to provide for his family before he gets a family. Outside of an inheritance, winning the lottery or committing a crime the only way to do that is to work. Hence, a man should have some kind of career before he gets married. The type of career is his choice but it directly affects the type of "garden" his Eve will move into.

Your garden can be bare and full of thorns like a desert or it can be prosperous like the Amazon forest. Some careers that pay well require advanced education and that takes time. I believe in finishing school first. For some people that's high school, for others college but for me it meant graduate school. After graduating from school, a man needs to know what God put him on the earth to do so he could start pursuing it before his help arrives.

How long that takes is different for each person. Some men are ready at 18 when they graduate high school but it took me finishing graduate school to be even mature enough for marriage. Also, it's much more difficult to do certain things after you start a family like going back to school. It's possible to get married first then go back to school but that's if your spouse agrees especially if it's going to cost money and/or time away from working a full time job. Some people choose not to wait so they go for it but there's always a price for every decision.

I started this ministry, wrote several books and became an established professional before The Lord said it was my time for help. It took a while before God decided it was time for Adam to have a wife and that was also my case. Marriage changes everything so it's important to maximize your single life. Consider these things as you evaluate a man you're interested in marrying. Also, don't forget that Adam walked with God for some time before God gave him Eve. She was not responsible for his relationship with The Lord. Adam walked with God first then God decided it was time for Eve to join them. That's proper order.

Here's what Apostle Paul has to say about this.

1 Corinthians 7:32-35(NLT) - I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord’s work and thinking how to please him. But a married man has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife. His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit. But a married woman has to think about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband. I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.

Once you get married your order or priority flips immediately. After your personal relationship with God, your relationship with your spouse comes first then the work of the ministry followed by career and school. Therefore, if you had not done what you were supposed to do for The Lord as a single person there is no guarantee that you will ever have the time to do it on the same level again. When you are unmarried all you have to do is pursue God's plan for your life and that's what you need to do. You can serve The Lord and do the work of the ministry without a care in the world until the day you say, "I do". After that, you and your spouse will have to be in agreement.

Do you want to be a missionary in South America? Go now if you're single. Do you want to spend every day of the week volunteering at the homeless shelter? Go now if you're single. Do you want to give your whole paycheck in the offering on Sunday? Do it now if you're single. It's just you and God now. When He talks you move. All of that changes when you get married. Even if you have a Word from The Lord you have to run it by your spouse first and there's no guarantee you'll both be on the same page. Write your vision and make it plain now so when your spouse comes along you have something to share. God has a plan for your life and it starts now. He's not waiting for you to get married. He has you all to Himself now.

c) When did you realize that Angel was a good person to get to know more and vice versa?

We were platonic friends for two years and during that time learned about each other without any pressure. The last thing on our minds during those two years was getting married. We had no idea that God had something else on His mind. Friendship is the best way to get started in any relationship that could lead to marriage. It's much more authentic than getting to know each other purely out of romantic interests. There's no emotional pressure and you both can be open and honest. Take your time to develop a true friendship before seeking romance because marriage is for a lifetime and you want to get it right.

Single time is a great time to spend working on yourself so you can prepare for marriage. Make the most of it and become the best you that you could ever be. Won't it be great to be "The One" that "The One" you're looking for is looking for?

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June 24, 2013 Posted by admin in Books

Newsflash: You Reap What You Sow!

You Reap What You Sow!

Galatians 6:7-9 - Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

The Seed Principle is the basis of God’s Kingdom. Not only that; it also extends beyond Christianity and is one of the fundamental principles of life accepted throughout the world. It appears that human beings have some version of this notion in mind regardless of their backgrounds. In many cultures, this understanding has been passed down through generations. It may be described differently but the foundational theory is the same. Here are a few common expressions of the Seed Principle;

1. What goes around comes around.
2. The Law of Karma
3. Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.
4. The Law of Cause and Effect
5. It all comes out in the wash.
6. You got a taste of your own medicine.
7. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The fruit of a tree is the harvest of that tree. However, it can also contain the seed of the tree. Hence, every harvest contains the seed for an even bigger harvest. That’s the Kingdom of God! Seek first the way God brings expansion and His righteousness and you will receive all the things you desire. Your present is the seed for your future. Therefore, whatever you do in your current situation determines whether or not there will be any change. You don’t need to seek things. The harvest of your decisions contains more than enough things. In this system, you start right where you are and build a solid foundation for your future, one decision at a time.

Luke 16:10-12 - He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?

One practical application of this approach to the Seed Principle is education. Diligence in primary school is the seed for secondary school. Diligence in secondary school is the seed for college. Diligence in college is the seed for graduate school or your first professional position. Your diligence in your entry-level position is the seed for your promotion. Do you want a better job? Diligently serve God with excellence and faithfulness in your current position. Eventually, even if you have the desire to start your own company, a track record of diligence sets the tone for your success.

Joshua 1:8 - This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

The seed of the Word of God is the most effective seed available. By sowing the Word of God into your life you can change circumstances that your actions caused to take place. In other words, the spiritual potency of the Word of God can override natural laws of sowing and reaping. You can’t change the past but you can use the Word of God to change the outcome of your past decisions. God will forgive you of anything you have done wrong but He can also release you from the consequences you deserve for those actions.

It is your responsibility to make full use of what the scriptures have to offer. Speaking the Word of God aloud into the atmosphere from a heart full of faith is not a useless exercise because that’s exactly how God created the earth. It’s also the method Jesus used to perform many miracles that astonished those around Him. Meditating in the Word of God conditions your mind to think like Him. His ways may be past finding out according to Romans 11:33, but feeding yourself with His Word daily takes you one step closer.

Psalm 75:6-7; “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”
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"The Body" Bible Study Returns - 07.13.13

Session Two - Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Location: Atlanta, GA (Contact us for details)

Time: 6:00 PM

Are you really living or just going through the motions? Do you ever wonder why you were put on this earth? Your life is not an accident. You were fashioned to be God's unique expression on this earth for this moment in time. Do you desire to fully become the YOU you were created to be?

Network with a group of fun and friendly individuals who are determined to leave our mark on the earth. If you are interested but can't join us in Atlanta, GA please contact us at our website. We'll provide exclusive access to The Body Online community. You don't need to miss a thing.

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Ask Donnell: What Is The Will Of God Concerning Friendships?

Ask Donnell: What Is The Will Of God Concerning Friendships?

We received the following question from Jamie;

"I gave up a few of my friends for a bit but I was kind of testing them. Will not do it again though. Anyway, now I feel like I am in a kind of Job period. You know the feeling of being around people but at the same time feeling alone? What is The Will of GOD concerning friendships?

Jamie, you have asked some fabulous questions. We know you submitted several but we'll just address this one today and get to the others at another time. After talking things over with my wife, digging through the scriptures and hearing from The Lord I have found some interesting answers. I'll start by saying I do understand how it's possible to feel alone while being around people. The truth is that the only way you won't feel alone is through authentic relationships. Having people around is not the same as having authentic relationships.

Before we get into any specifics let's establish that there are different types of friendships which need to be clearly delineated. For this discussion I'll use the following four broad categories; comrades, constituents, companions and confidantes.

Comrades - You hate the same thing or you have a common enemy. Examples of comrades are fellow soldiers in an army or activists against a particular injustice!

Constituents - You care about the same thing or you have a common interest. Examples of constituents are fellow members of a club or volunteers at a non-profit.

Companions - You happen to be doing the same thing. Examples are coworkers.

Confidantes - You care about each other. These are true friends.

You have to figure out which type of friends you have. The first three types of friendships are temporary or seasonal. One of the biggest mistakes people make is placing the wrong type of friend in the wrong position in their lives. For example, you don't marry a comrade. Why? As soon as your common enemy is defeated you will turn on each other. You don't develop a serious relationship with a companion. Why? If you ever stop doing the same thing your relationship is over. You don't pledge your life to a constituent. Why? When the thing that you're both interested in is over you don't have a relationship. Also, he's not into you, he's just into what you do. Hence, if someone else comes along who seems to do it better, he's gone. His commitment was never really to you in the first place.

What is the will of GOD, concerning friendships?

1) Your closest friends should be serious Christians.

Proverbs 13:20(KJV) - He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Psalm 14:1(KJV) - The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

1 Corinthians 15:33(NKJV) - Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

You can't be a Christian yet you choose to have the most intimate relationships with people who don't believe in God. If your best friend is an atheist, The Bible says your best friend is a fool and if your best friend is a fool you will be destroyed. Case closed! 🙂 Additionally, you can't hang around evil people consistently and not expect them to rub off on you. People do it all the time thinking they will change the evil people but end up being changed themselves. Even if you have good habits, evil company will corrupt them.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18(NLT) - Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

The first thing you need to know is that anyone can be your comrade, constituent or companion but the position of confidante is reserved for someone who believes like you do. You don't bare your soul to an unsaved person. That's not wisdom. People who have no relationship with God don't hear from God so they will advise you solely according to the human wisdom and many times that's not enough. Psalms 1:1(NKJV) says, "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;"

You can have unsaved "friends" as long as they remain comrades, constituents or even companions. They are still "friends" but you don't want to go against Godly wisdom and bring them into intimate relationships. Some people say Jesus was a friend of sinners so that justifies ungodly relationships but they are missing the point of Matthew 11:19 and Luke 7:34. In those passages, the term "a friend of publicans and sinners" was meant as an insult against Jesus and was not something He personally embraced because if He did He would also have embraced the terms, gluttonous and "winebibber". In John 15:14-15 He outlined who His friends were. He conferred the title of friends to His disciples who followed His commandments.

Jesus was not naive. He loved people but He did not trust people easily. John 2:24-25(AMP) says; "But Jesus [for His part] did not trust Himself to them, because He knew all [men]; And He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man [needed no evidence from anyone about men], for He Himself knew what was in human nature. [He could read men’s hearts.]" Only once did Jesus bare His heart to anyone. He never showed internal weakness to people until He was in the Garden of Gethsemane when He became vulnerable before only three men He knew He could trust; Peter, James and John.

Mark 14:32-34(NLT) - They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Jesus was our perfect example. He picked His friends, His friends did not pick Him. He had a bunch of followers but He personally selected each of His disciples. Even then, they weren't all confidantes. Judas was a companion. Some of the other guys were constituents but only Peter, James and John were confidantes because He only showed deep vulnerability before them. Granted, Jesus was physically vulnerable on the way to the cross but it was in Gethsemane that He showed any emotional vulnerability.

2) If you're going to have true friends you're going to have to be friendly. Unfriendly people won't have true friends.

Proverbs 18:24(NKJV) - A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

3) True friends make each other better. You sharpen each other.

Proverbs 27:17(NLT) - As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

4) True friends see eye to eye on issues. Agreement means that even if you have different opinions you know how to work them out so that together you can move forward.

Amos 3:3(KJV) - Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

5) True friends help each other and make each other stronger.

Ecclesiastes 4:7-12(MSG) - I turned my head and saw yet another wisp of smoke on its way to nothingness: a solitary person, completely alone—no children, no family, no friends—yet working obsessively late into the night, compulsively greedy for more and more, never bothering to ask, “Why am I working like a dog, never having any fun? And who cares?” More smoke. A bad business. It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough! Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night. By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.

6) God will help you find friends.

He said in Genesis 2:18 that it is not good for man to be alone so because He does not want you to be alone He will put people around you. That's one reason why God established The Body of Christ. We need to become connected to a local church where there are people sent by God to befriend us. It is your job to open up and accept them. God presented Eve to Adam and he made his move, God didn't force them to establish a relationship.

Psalm 68:6(NKJV) - God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

7) Jesus is your best friend. Nobody will ever be as good a friend to you as He will.

John 15:13-14(KJV) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

In sum, you have to be connected in a very personal way for someone to be a true friend. Outside of that you'll always feel alone. Nonetheless, let's start answering those questions. We'll see what The Bible says and that's what we should stick to. If The Bible says something and you do the direct opposite don't expect to see good results. People do it all the time and act surprised when things don't work out. They shouldn't be.

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June 19, 2013 Posted by admin in Purpose

Why Must You Discover Your Purpose?

Why Must You Discover Your Purpose?

Today's blog is an excerpt from my upcoming book.

Why must you discover God's purpose for your life?

It has current significance. Things will not work out in one's life on the earth until one discovers and accepts God's purpose for one's life.

Romans 8:28(NKJV) - And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Many Christians live in the middle of a fantasy world. They believe that regardless of what they do or how they do it, everything will work out well. So when things keep getting worse or just stay the same they get offended at God. They are disappointed and feel forsaken. They know what God can do but wonder why He refuses to do it for them. The issue lies in their purpose. The scriptures promise in Romans 8:28 that a happy ending is guaranteed to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

Ephesians 1:11-12(NKJV) - In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

People who have chosen to dedicate their lives to doing what they were born to do have nothing to fear concerning the future. God will use His power according to His purpose to work all things according to His Will. Unfortunately, that means anyone who chooses his own path is on his own. Thus, each man must discover God's purpose for his life before he invests the rest of his life pursuing anything else. This chapter of the book is dedicated to helping you start the process.

Psalms 127:1-2(NKJV) - Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.

If people create their own visions and build major establishments out of them in spite of what God desires, their efforts will be wasted. Unless the Lord is behind what is built He won't support it. He doesn't protect other people's plans and is not moved by hard work that's not on His agenda. He provides rest for His loved ones during their time on the earth. Are you one of them? When you're living in His purpose for your life, you sure are.

It has eternal significance. The people who do God's will for their lives will be rewarded in eternity and those who don't, will suffer eternal consequences.

Matthew 7:21-23(NKJV) - "Not everyone who says to Me,'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'

I heard this saying several times, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Jesus stated unequivocally that access to the kingdom of heaven is reserved for those who do God's Will on the earth. Even if someone can provide a list of good works, God is not impressed. It stands to reason that discovering God's purpose for one's life has eternal significance. One day, each person will give an account to God of what was done with His resources. I hope you'll be ready.

Luke 10:18-20(NKJV) - And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus demonstrated what will happen to the people who think using His name to do good things qualifies them to spend eternity in His Kingdom. With that being considered He warned His disciples not to be like that in Luke 10:18-20. Operating in the authority of God is exciting on earth but cannot compare to the assurance of eternal salvation. Romans 10:9&10 states that salvation comes from believing in our hearts and confessing with our mouths that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected. So the first and most important step in doing the Will of God is receiving His salvation.

1 Corinthians 3:12-15(NLT) - Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person's work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.

For those of us who are in Christ, God will judge our works. What is done in obedience to His directions will qualify us for great rewards but anything else will be destroyed. In sum, why is it important to discover God's purpose for your life? It has current significance and determines whether or not God will get involved in what you're doing. It has eternal significance and determines whether or not God will reward you for your life's work. If God knows what you should be doing and will judge you for it don't you think now is a good time to be doing it? Why waste your life?

By the way, you're invited to join our group of visionaries at the next session of "The Body" and we will help you discover your purpose.

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June 18, 2013 Posted by admin in Vision

Become A Visionary: See The Future And Own It!

Seeing The Future And Owning It!

The phrase, 20-20, denotes perfect vision. After an eye test, this result signifies the ability to see correctly and is an assurance of the need for no corrective measures. When one has a vision, one is able to develop internal eyes which operate beyond natural limitations like time and space. I operate by the mantra I learned from London mega-church pastor Dr Ramson Mumba, “The man who knows the future owns the future and those who find out after it already happened must pay him a premium for it.”

A visionary sees the future and makes decisions in the present to prepare for it. Take the stock market for instance. Investors who anticipate market trends make transactions at bargain prices long before the stocks look favorable. When the rest of the investment community realizes what's going on they're looking into the past. Clueless, they still rush to join the action on the tail end. Hence, dramatically increasing the value of the stocks which in turn enriches the earliest investors. As soon as Earthlink released its Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 1999, my friend and I purchased stock because it was on the cusp of revolutionizing dial-up Internet then sold it due to impatience. Within months, it's value tripled and kept rising.

When Apple in California releases a new product they instantly cause a major upheaval in technology circles. That's because Steve Jobs, the man behind the company was a visionary. If you ever listened carefully to his speeches at each product launch, he sounded more like a philosopher and less like a computer nerd. He saw the future and owned it. With each new version of I-Mac, I-Tunes, IPOD, I-Phone, IPAD, etc. Apple stays a few steps ahead of the competition who have no choice but to copy their technology. Even if the competition can create better products after studying what Apple produces, it doesn't matter. Apple does it first!

Before the social networking explosion took place, Tom started MySpace and Mark started Facebook. I use their first names only because they were just regular guys until they saw the future and did something about it. Now everywhere we turn there's a new social networking site being created. In the early days of this movement, these visionaries had no idea exactly how people would respond. Still, they knew they had to respond to their vision of the future. Now, they have more money than they probably could count and can honestly admit that they have shaped culture.

When computers filled entire rooms and cost as much as heavy machinery, Bill Gates had a vision. It looked crazy at the time but he saw a future with personal computers and software to make them work. Now with a stronghold on the PC software market, millions of Microsoft products sold and billions of dollars later, people finally believe him.

It is not my intention to inspire you to be the next Tom, Mark or Bill. At best you can only be a poor imitation and at worst a complete failure when you attempt to mimic the success of someone else. Visionaries don't spend their entire lives pursuing other people's visions. They don't have that kind of free time. Visionaries are inspired by other visionaries to pursue their own visions.

Become A Visionary: See The Future And Own It!

Introductory Points of Power

1. Everyone has been given a purpose.

Jeremiah 1:4-5(NLT) - The Lord gave me this message: "I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations."

Before you were born, God had a purpose for your life and placed it in you while you were in your mother's womb. It doesn't matter what you accomplish in life, until you discover YOUR purpose and carry it out you will never feel fulfilled.

2. Everyone needs to develop a vision.

Proverbs 29:18(KJV) - Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

If you don't have a vision for your life, you will perish. The word used here for perish is the Hebrew word para` (paw-rah') which is also translated as “run wild”, “stumble all over themselves” and “cast off restraint.”

So, let's add the first two points together. God put a purpose within you before you were born and if you are not aware of it you can't develop a true vision for your life. Without a vision, you have no choice but to run wild, stumble over yourself and cast off restraint. In many ways, that is the definition of many in our generation. They live aimlessly. They have no coordination between their actions and their goals. So they go around in circles using up great energy while making limited progress. On the other extreme are those people who set their own goals and pursue them with passion.

Highly motivated people who set personal goals and get them done are accomplished. They are the “go-getters” of society who tend to be defined by their accomplishments. However, until they accomplish God's purpose for their lives they will never have inner fulfillment. Without inner fulfillment, a void remains that highly motivated people try to fill with even more accomplishments. It never works so they end up broken and empty even though they seem to have it all.

What is your vision for the future and what are you doing about it? In this blog I choose to appeal to visionaries or at least, potential visionaries. I cannot inspire the uninspired. I cannot open the eyes of those who have chosen to shut them. I cannot unsettle the person who has chosen to remain settled. In contrast, I can awaken the dream in the discouraged dreamer. I can call forth the vision in the vanquished visionary. I can resurrect the drive for success in the one whose passion has laid dormant.

It is my assignment to deal with the part of the process which comes after the vision is seen. Seeing the future is easy but doing something about it is a big challenge. How many people do you know can talk about big things but keep doing little things? They have great visions but lack initiative. If they accomplish just half of what they talk about they might change history. As you should know, cemeteries are full of bodies which hold unfulfilled dreams and visions. I hope this blog makes it a little more difficult for you to add another one.

By the way, you're invited to join our group of visionaries at the next session of "The Body".

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The Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit

The Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit

Acts 2:14-21(NLT) - Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy. And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below—blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

According to the words of Apostle Peter, The Outpouring of The Holy Spirit is not a future event. It started already. Since The Day of Pentecost The Holy Spirit was made available to everyone and the power to prophesy, see visions and dream is here. However, why aren't we all manifesting this outpouring in our lives at the same level? Shouldn't we be prophesying, seeing visions and dreaming dreams on a much greater and more consistent level by this time? What's going on?

John 3:30(KJV) - He must increase, but I must decrease.

The main determining factor in the distribution of the power of The Holy Spirit is your ability to yield. The more you decrease and let The Holy Spirit rise, the more The Holy Spirit will manifest in your life. No Christian has more of The Holy Spirit than any other because The Holy Spirit is a person. You either have Him in your life or you don't. However, He can only move through you if you let Him and He can only move in your life to the extent that you allow Him to. Therefore, if you are looking for an overwhelming presence of The Holy Spirit in your life, it's time to walk in extreme obedience, sensitivity and reverence for Him.

In Joel 2:28-32, The Outpouring is described as the following:

God will pour out His Spirit freely upon people.
Sons and daughters will prophesy.
Old men will dream dreams.
Young men will see visions.
It is for everyone, regardless of class or sex.
The promised judgment from Joel 2:1-11 will still hit the earth.
Fortunately, those who call on God will be saved.

I hope you have a proper understanding of the prophetic office, gift and anointing. That will be very important as you perceive the circumstances surrounding The Outpouring of The Holy Spirit. Since The Day of Pentecost an explosion of prophecy among young people has begun that can scare the living daylights out of traditional church leaders. There will be an increase in dreams and visions among The Church. God will touch anyone who is willing and it will become clearer to all involved that He remains no respecter of persons.

Many modern ministries in Western society have moved away from spiritual gifts and have replaced them with scholarship. In response to the development of society, some New Age thinking has entered the Body of Christ and merely hearing from God is no longer good enough. Now it’s necessary to substantiate God’s principles with the advice of secular marketing gurus, image consultants, political strategists, financial advisors, renowned philosophers and business experts.

Sadly, people now think that it’s acceptable to give scriptures and Greek philosophies equal standing in Christian teaching. That’s why we need to tap into The Outpouring. When the Holy Spirit poured Himself out He made Himself accessible to us. Now He wants to set these Christian “think tanks” on fire with the prophetic anointing. That way, we’ll return to our true identity which is found in Jesus Christ. In sum, now is the perfect time to start yielding to The Holy Spirit as much as you possibly can. Time is short and The Holy Spirit wants to work through every believer. Let Him work through you!

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