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Break Every Chain - Get Free And Stay Free

Last night was Session 2 of the youth conference and once again God showed up in a special way. This time we dealt with strongholds of the mind and how to get free. Here are some relevant articles you can read at your leisure;

1) Ask Donnell - How Do I Get Lasting Change In My Life?

2) Ask Donnell - How Do I Respond To Strong Temptation?

3) Know Your Enemy

Divine Destiny Worship Centre Youth Conference 2013 - "Break Every Chain"

Conference Dates:

Wednesday August 28th - Friday August 30th

Book Bag Blessing:

Saturday August 31st

For more info, visit Divine Destiny Worship Centre

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Break Every Chain - True Repentance Brings True Freedom

Break Every Chain - True Repentance Brings True Freedom

Proverbs 28:13(KJV) - He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

The first step to being free is admitting that you need to be free. Session One of Divine Destiny Worship Centre's Youth Conference 2013 was amazing. We set the foundation with a simple message on the power of true repentance. If you don't confess and repent of your sins you cannot break free of them.

Today, we have a few articles on true repentance that will teach you everything you need to know. Please read them at your leisure.

1) Truly Repentant Or Just Sorry For Getting Caught?

2) Questioning God's Mercy? - Understand True Repentance

3) Caught! What Do You Do When God Exposes Your Sin?

Divine Destiny Worship Centre Youth Conference 2013 - "Break Every Chain"

Conference Dates:

Wednesday August 28th - Friday August 30th

Book Bag Blessing:

Saturday August 31st

For more info, visit Divine Destiny Worship Centre

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Break Every Chain - Averting An Identity Crisis

Break Every Chain - Averting An Identity Crisis

AVERTING AN IDENTITY CRISIS

Matthew 4:1-3(KJV) - Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (emphasis mine)

As we discussed previously, the devil was after Jesus' soul. What do I mean by that? He wanted access to Jesus' mind, will and emotions. He wanted to affect how Jesus was thinking, the decisions He was making and how He felt. Jesus just finished a 40 day fast and was extremely hungry so the devil knew exactly where He was vulnerable at that time. Hence, the devil tempted Jesus by sarcastically suggesting that He use His supernatural power to satisfy His physical desires. However, the temptation had nothing to do with stones and nothing to do with bread. It was all about Jesus' identity.

Pay close attention to the phrase that I emphasized; "If thou be the Son of God." By starting with that phrase, the devil questioned Jesus' identity in a moment when He was vulnerable. The devil dared Jesus to prove that He was The Son of God. It was an attempt to coax Jesus to get out of character. The devil wanted to see Jesus defend His position. If Jesus was unsure of Himself, He would have fallen for the trap and tried to prove His worth. Don't let that happen to you.

A STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

In addition, He directly questioned Jesus' identity as it related to His relationship with His Father in heaven. He basically said, "Are you really God's Son or are you not? Hmm, maybe you're Joseph's son or some other man's. Virgin birth whatever! If you are really God's Son then show me your power." Just like the devil. There he went telling Jesus how The Son of God was supposed to act. He was essentially playing mind games.

Now think about your own life. How many times has the enemy used the same tactics to mess with your mind? He attacks when you are vulnerable in the area where you're vulnerable. He says things to make you question your identity. He says things to make you question your relationship with God. He says things to control what you think, the decisions you make and how you feel. He'll tempt you to disobey God to get something God could give you in the first place. He wants you to question God's Love for you. He wants you to question God's plan for your life. If you don't know know you are, he has some suggestions for you. He did it with Eve. He did it with Jesus. He'll do it with you. Watch out!

HOW THE ENEMY TRICKED EVE

Genesis 3:1-5(KJV) - Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Pay close attention to the enemy's tactics with Eve. There's a lot more in there but for today's study I just want you to focus on verse 5 and see something familiar.

1) The devil questioned Eve's identity.

She was already made in God's image and likeness according to Genesis 1:26-28 so she was already like God. However, in verse 5 he made her question that. He challenged her to disobey God so that she would be like God even though she already was like God. He questioned her identity and messed with her mind. If she wasn't sure she was made in God's image she would fall for the trap.

2) The devil questioned Eve's relationship with God.

He made her feel like God was holding something back by telling her not to touch The Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil. He did not tell her the truth which was that God was trying to protect her because that would paint God in a good light. So he planted a lie in her head about God and that messed with her soul. How do we know that? He messed with what she thought about God's benevolence, how she made decisions in response to God's directions and how she felt about God's view of her. Maybe God wasn't as good as He portrayed Himself to be after all?

Don't fall for the same trap!

Divine Destiny Worship Centre Youth Conference 2013 - "Break Every Chain"

Conference Dates:

Wednesday August 28th - Friday August 30th

Book Bag Blessing:

Saturday August 31st

For more info, visit Divine Destiny Worship Centre

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Break Every Chain - The War For Your Soul

Break Every Chain -  The War For Your Soul

REAL WARFARE

Ephesians 6:11-12(NLT) - Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Have you ever met certain people who rub you the wrong way for no apparent reason? No matter what you do to be nice to them they just continue to be unreasonable. Maybe there's a much deeper problem in existence. One that goes beyond the natural realm. Human enemies are merely agents of misdirection. They are sent along your path to distract you from your real enemies.

While they draw away your attention, the real enemies of your soul remain unchecked. The Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 6:11-12 that our war is never against human beings. It is not against wicked human beings. It is not against selfish human beings. It is not against violent human beings. It doesn't matter. If you can see them with your natural eyes you are looking in the wrong direction.

SPIRITUAL WEAPONS

2 Corinthians 10:3-6(NKJV) - For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

"Knowledge is not power. It's potential power. Applied knowledge is power." - Darren Hardy, Publisher & Editorial Director of Success Magazine

It's great to know that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. It's also great to know that they are mighty. However, unless we can identify them, understand how they operate and then actually use them none of that power can help us. So what are these weapons? Also, why does the scripture say these spiritual weapons are primarily for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments, misinformation about God, stray thoughts and disobedience? What kind of spiritual warfare is that?

Ephesians 6:17(NKJV) - And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

Your spiritual weapon is The Word of God.

THE WAR FOR YOUR SOUL

Hebrews 4:12(NKJV) - For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (emphasis mine)

Like we said, your spiritual weapon is The Word of God. How exactly can words be used to fight a war? Am I supposed to believe that I can just say something and defeat an enemy? What kind of battle is that? Also, it's not a coincidence that the helmet of salvation is mentioned in the same verse. Why did The Bible say to protect your head and fight with words? Take a look at Hebrews 4:12. Pay close attention to a certain word that I emphasize. It's the word, "thoughts."

The primary battleground is your soul. Every time the devil and his forces attack they are after something priceless; your soul. Why your soul? Contained within your soul are your mind, will and emotions. That's right. They want to control how you think, the decisions you make and how you feel. They want to control your soul. When they can influence your soul, they can control you. When they can control you, they've won the battle. God gave you one weapon to win the battle for your soul. It's The Word of God and it has the power to wage war for your mind, will and emotions.

Divine Destiny Worship Centre Youth Conference 2013 - "Break Every Chain"

Conference Dates:

Wednesday August 28th - Friday August 30th

Book Bag Blessing:

Saturday August 31st

For more info, visit Divine Destiny Worship Centre

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Divine Destiny Youth Conference 2013: Break Every Chain (T&T)

Divine Destiny Worship Centre Youth Conference 2013 - "Break Every Chain"

Conference Dates:

Wednesday August 28th - Friday August 30th

Book Bag Blessing:

Saturday August 31st

For more info, visit Divine Destiny Worship Centre

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Be ready for Jesus Christ’s return to earth!

Be ready for Jesus Christ’s return to earth!

The Parable of the Ten Virgins – Be ready for Jesus Christ’s return to earth!

Matthew 25:1-13 - Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

I’ve heard so many different explanations for this parable that at least I have somewhere to start. From one perspective, the oil represents the Holy Ghost. He moves into the heart of an individual who accepts Jesus Christ as the eternal sacrifice for his sins. Therefore, those who are in Christ possess the oil and are considered wise while those without it are foolish. Proverbs 11:30 says that a winner of souls is wise. As a result, both the offering and acceptance of salvation is wise in the Kingdom of Heaven. The image of the virgins sleeping while the bridegroom takes his time to arrive gives the picture of life as usual across the earth before the return of Jesus Christ. Some people are prepared for His return while others purposefully neglect to accept the free of gift of salvation available to them.

2 Peter 3:1-4 - This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

The second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has to be the hottest topic in The Church. Since the early days of the New Testament, people in The Church have been claiming that Jesus is coming soon. The word “soon” seems to no longer mean anything because few people know the real definition of “soon.” Unless you live in eternity I don’t think a couple thousand years could mean “soon.” One superstar preacher said Jesus was coming in 1986. Another said that He would come in 2000. Others say definitely, He's coming in 2020. So I guess I have a few years to live it up before it's all over.

1 Peter 4:7 - But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

I acknowledge that Jesus did give us warning signs concerning the end times and we can see some of them manifesting in our lives right now (Matthew 24). What’s important to note, however, is Matthew 24:14, which states, “And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Therefore, in contrast to popular belief, the progress of the church's evangelistic efforts determines the end and not the world's moral degradation or the frequent occurrence of natural disasters! All of the wars, false prophets, sicknesses, famines and natural disasters which we claim to be the signs of the end have been going on for a very long time.

We should look closely at the words of Jesus concerning this issue in Matthew 24:6 and I quote, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Jesus taught the world about the Kingdom during His time on the earth and that is the message that we will have to present before His second coming. The end won’t come when the wars escalate. However, when the gospel of the Kingdom is preached everywhere, look up, because Jesus Christ will crack the sky.

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Ask Donnell: What Is Blaspheming Against The Holy Ghost?

Ask Donnell: What Is Blaspheming Against The Holy Ghost?

We received the following question from Roshawn;

Hi Donnell,
Blaspheming against the Holy Spirit is something that I have not understood and anytime I come across it I ask God for an explanation. Now hear this; I was at my computer watching a sermon on YouTube and the preacher in his message (not titled about the Holy Spirit) gave this explanation in connection to Matthew 12:31&32 and I quote:

"God has already promised you some things, but you can talk against the promises of God and lose that promise on the earth. You can say things like; "You know it looks like I’ll never get out of debt." What God has promised you is that you will be the lender so when you say something that is an idle word, that is against what God has promised, you have blasphemed the Holy Ghost. And when you blaspheme Him you will not be let off in the earth and you will lose that reward in heaven."

Those are strong words Donnell. So someone can lose their healing, financial deliverance, and how much more so simply? Help a sister out here- can you confirm this? is this so?

Roshawn, this is one of those questions I've danced around for many years because I just didn't want to answer it. However, now you've backed me against the wall so let's just deal with it once and for all. Before I make any comments about what the preacher said in the YouTube video let me say something. Any explanation that is used to expound on a scripture reference needs to be substantiated either by contextual, historical or background research, "Word" studies and/or simply other scripture references. A Bible teacher can't just say what a scripture means, he has to say why. Even if the explanation is presented as a direct revelation from God, in order for us to teach it as truth to others we need to do our homework.

That being said, let's practice what we preach! We'll begin with the scripture reference.

Matthew 12:31&32(NKJV) - “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

The Greek word used here for blasphemy is "blasphēmia" which means;

1) slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another's good name
2) impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty

It comes from the root word, "blasphēmos" which means;

"speaking evil, slanderous, reproachful, railing, abusive."

These definitions depict blasphemy against The Holy Spirit as a very strong, forceful, declaration of hate that's directed specifically against The Holy Spirit. In other words, you can't blaspheme against The Holy Spirit by mistake. It's impossible to say something and be like; "Oops, I think I blasphemed against The Holy Spirit." That's not going to happen. For someone to slander or hurl abuses at The Holy Spirit, that person's heart has to be full of hatred against God because Jesus said in Matthew 12:34 that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Hence, a Christian cannot blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.

Here are some Biblical examples to help you understand what blasphemy against God looks like;

Revelation 13:4-7(NKJV) - So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.

Revelation 16:8-11(NKJV) - Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory. Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

Blasphemy against God is no joke. It's essentially what Job's wife meant when she told him in Job 2:9 to curse God and die. The Antichrist will set the standard of blasphemy against God and those who choose to follow his lead will also pay the ultimate price. When the bowls of God's wrath are poured out upon the earth these lost souls who would have taken the mark of the beast will refuse to repent and will verbally blaspheme God.

There will be no forgiveness of their sin so they will spend eternity in hell. Why is this significant? This is an exact illustration of the type of blasphemy Jesus was talking about as an unpardonable sin. This is way more than just speaking words of doubt instead of faith. This is a conscious, verbal assault on The Spirit Of The Lord out of pure hatred. People with the guts to do that are literally out of their minds.

The truth is that you can't even blaspheme against any other heavenly beings without paying a high price. Here's how Apostles Peter and Jude addressed that issue.

2 Peter 2:9-12(AMP) - Now if [all these things are true, then be sure] the Lord knows how to rescue the godly out of temptations and trials, and how to keep the ungodly under chastisement until the day of judgment and doom, And particularly those who walk after the flesh and indulge in the lust of polluting passion and scorn and despise authority. Presumptuous [and] daring [self-willed and self-loving creatures]! They scoff at and revile dignitaries (glorious ones) without trembling, Whereas [even] angels, though superior in might and power, do not bring a defaming charge against them before the Lord. But these [people]! Like unreasoning beasts, mere creatures of instinct, born [only] to be captured and destroyed, railing at things of which they are ignorant, they shall utterly perish in their [own] corruption [in their destroying they shall surely be destroyed],

Jude 1:7-9(AMP) - [The wicked are sentenced to suffer] just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent towns—which likewise gave themselves over to impurity and indulged in unnatural vice and sensual perversity—are laid out [in plain sight] as an exhibit of perpetual punishment [to warn] of everlasting fire. Nevertheless in like manner, these dreamers also corrupt the body, scorn and reject authority and government, and revile and libel and scoff at [heavenly] glories (the glorious ones). But when [even] the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, judicially argued (disputed) about the body of Moses, he dared not [presume to] bring an abusive condemnation against him, but [simply] said, The Lord rebuke you! But these men revile (scoff and sneer at) anything they do not happen to be acquainted with and do not understand; and whatever they do understand physically [that which they know by mere instinct], like irrational beasts—by these they corrupt themselves and are destroyed (perish).

Some people's hearts have become so corrupt that they have developed unnatural boldness against God. This is the kind of boldness that the devil will put into the heart of The Antichrist. Just think about it! Our human minds cannot understand the powers of the spirit yet some of us think we can shake our fists towards heaven. In 2 Kings 19:35 and Isaiah 37:36, the Angel of The Lord killed one hundred and eighty five thousand Assyrians at once. That's it! They were dead! The Bible did not say an army of angels killed all those people it said The Angel of The Lord. That's serious. I've witnessed the boldness of some "militant" atheists and it fascinates me. They dare to open their mouths to revile against God because they don't understand Him. They have no fear of The Lord and that's a dangerous place to be because if He comes after you, you're done!

Last, but not least, let's get a contextual understanding of what triggered Jesus' statement on blasphemy against The Holy Spirit. We can get a much better grasp of what Jesus was saying if we could understand why He was saying it. His statement was not made in a vacuum, it was part of a conversation. Let's take a look at the conversation.

Mark 3:20-30(NKJV) - Then the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. But when His own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, “He is out of His mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.” So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house. “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”— because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Let's first answer this simple question. Why did Jesus say that one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven? The answer is right there in the scriptures. Because they said, "He has an unclean spirit." The truth is that the Holy Ghost lived inside of Jesus and by saying what they said the scribes were really calling the Holy Ghost a demon. That's a direct insult! Therefore, Jesus had to warn them to stop while they were ahead. If they stayed on that path they may have eventually developed the boldness to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and book their place in hell.

In sum, as you can see, the explanation you received from the preacher on YouTube really does not mesh well with the "word study", contextual background check nor additional scriptures we presented today. Blaspheming against The Holy Ghost is a deliberate act directed specifically to The Holy Ghost. It's not indirect. It doesn't just happen. For someone to have the guts to blaspheme against God that person has already rejected God and has chosen an eternity in hell. There's no forgiveness for it.

What the preacher said in your quote made sense in terms of watching your words and making sure you speak words of faith at all times. Yes, since life and death are in the power of your tongue (Proverbs 18:21) you cannot just say anything you please and not expect to reap a harvest from your words. However, using this principle in the same context as blaspheming against the Holy Ghost is a bit extreme. We can't lump the two together.

It is true that Jesus said in Matthew 12:36 that we will be judged for every idle word we speak on the earth. However, it doesn't have to get that far. We can be forgiven if we choose to repent according to 1 John 1:9 for speaking words of doubt. In contrast, we cannot be forgiven for blaspheming against The Holy Spirit. Those are two different things. One is a forgivable sin and the other is unforgivable. It's human nature to doubt sometimes and struggle to believe but blasphemy against God is an act empowered only by the devil.

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Young People RISE UP; It's Your Time To Shine!!

Young People RISE UP; It's Your Time To Shine

Matthew 20:1-16 - For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

This parable when compared to those I’ve discussed already seems quite unorthodox. In it, the Kingdom of God can be perceived as an unfair system. The people who worked the longest and hardest in the vineyard were offered the same wages as those who joined at the last minute. As a result, there appeared to be no particular attention paid to seniority. In our finite human minds we just won’t get it but if we stop long enough to listen to what Jesus really said we’ll learn something quite profound.

The first thing the householder said when his compensation package was questioned by one of the “senior” workers was that he did no wrong because he stuck with the agreement. The second thing he said was that he was free to do whatever he wanted with his money. The third thing he said was that his goodwill to the last batch of workers should never have been considered as evil. Jesus then summed it all up by saying that in the same way, the day will come when the last shall be first and the first last because many are called by few are chosen. When I read some of these quotations of Jesus I am in awe of the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of His teaching style. Anyway, let’s get to the explanation.

God is the householder. The Body of Christ makes up the team of laborers. Even though God respects faithfulness it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been “working in the vineyard.” He is no respecter of persons. For some reason, as I write this, I can sense the Holy Spirit leading me in a particular direction with my explanation. In the last days, according to Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17, God will pour out the Holy Spirit upon all flesh and there will be a major prophetic movement among the young people. It won’t matter how long they’ve been saved or how much ministry experience they have. It will only matter to God that they’re willing to do His work. If they are, then the same anointing that the older, more mature Christians operate in will be made available to the teens and young adults.

It doesn’t make complete sense to some people but to God it’s the most cunning strategy to bring this era of civilization to a close. In Matthew 11:25, Jesus thanked God for hiding certain key facets of His wisdom from those considered wise and prudent while revealing them to those who operate in childlike faith. It goes against all logic and defies even the common sense of intelligent human beings. Regardless, God never intended to share His glory with any man.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:27 that God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. So His decision to treat young Christians with the same respect as their older counterparts fits right into that scenario. Many are called, but only those who respond can be chosen. In addition, as long as there is time, whenever people respond to the Call of God, they’ll be put to work in His Kingdom and rewarded just like the rest of the faithful.

I’ve seen people get saved and enter new assemblies ready and willing to serve. Many times, they come in at the bottom but due to their enthusiasm, climb the ladder quickly. That makes others in the assembly uncomfortable because they cannot believe that someone can walk away from sin and instantly be capable of being a major asset in the ministry. Maybe they can; maybe they can’t.

However, according to this parable, God responds to a willing heart and will give every man a chance to serve in the Kingdom. As a result, in the last days, many talented secular people will switch their allegiances to God and should be welcomed with open arms by all of us. Maybe we’re not confident in their character traits but at least we should give them a chance to prove themselves.

In sum, as I write, this is what I see in the words of Jesus contained in this parable. He welcomes young Christians, naturally or spiritually, with open arms and is willing to put them to work as long as they are ready. He’ll reward them with His Holy Spirit and they will be able to operate in the same anointing as the elders of The Church. The Saints Movement, which will make a major impact in The Church, will be led by the youth. Paul told Timothy in the book of 1 Timothy 4:12 to refuse to allow anyone to despise his youth but be an example in his speech, lifestyle, love, faith and purity. So if you’re under the age of forty, I say the same to you.

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The Bottom Line: Fear God And Keep His Commandments

The Bottom Line: Fear God And Keep His Commandments

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. - Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV

It's the last verse in The Bible written by the wisest man in history other than Jesus. At the end of his days, King Solomon made it so simple. Instead of a long checklist of requirements, he summarized God's Universal Will for every human being into two quick instructions: Fear God and keep His commandments.

What does it mean to fear God? In this verse it comes from the Hebrew word yare' which means to “revere and worship Him.” The Amplified Bible also adds the phrase “knowing that He is” to the meaning of the word, which highlights the obvious requirement of acknowledging God's existence before revering and worshiping Him.

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. - Mark 12:30-31 KJV

The Old Testament is full of commandments. Which commandments are we required to keep today in the age of grace? When Jesus was asked to identify the greatest commandment He responded with the commandment of love. What's most important though is that the first commandment says to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Since this love is not just limited to your heart it means that our love for God must be more than emotional.

If ye love me, keep my commandments. - John 14:15 KJV

Those who love God will keep His commandments and His most important commandment is to love. Therefore, it's safe to conclude that God expects all men to operate in His kind of love on the earth. So if you want to know God's Universal Will for your life, combine the words of King Solomon and Jesus. Fear God, love God and love the people God created.

But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.' So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." - Luke 10:29-37 NKJV

Who is your neighbor? The person you show God's love. In other words, anybody can be your neighbor because you can show God's love to anyone. Hence, your duty as a human is to love God by obeying His commandment to love your neighbor as you love yourself. If you can do just that it will transform the way you live and position you to receive rewards in heaven. God's heart is for us to have His heart of love.

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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.

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