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

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

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Spirit Words

Spirit Words

John 6:63(NLT) - The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

The words Jesus spoke were "Spirit Words." Contained within a collection of vowels and consonants distributed with the human voice was The Spirit of The Lord. Think about this a little. The Holy Spirit is so versatile that He can be packaged in phrases and transported through the airwaves. "Spirit Words" can travel through technology and wherever they go, The Spirit of The Lord goes with them. In other words, if I get this right, you can read these words and instantly The Holy Spirit enters the room. The words alone are enough to get the job done. That's why I decided to wait until God gave me "Spirit Words."

Luke 24:31-32(KJV) - And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

Jesus spoke to some men on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection and when His words entered their hearts, they burned like fire. That's what we should all desire. I was driving home in my car one night crying out to God. With tears in my eyes, I could hardly talk but I asked Him for "Spirit Words." Father, let me speak words that burn in the hearts of your people! My words must be "Spirit Words" and when you read them they must go directly to your heart. Why don’t you ask for the same today? Let The Holy Spirit speak through you and refresh the lives of those you encounter.

1 Peter 4:11(NLT) - Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

Meditate on Luke 24:13-35

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Ask Donnell - Why Do People Discriminate Against One Another?

We received the following question from Jamie;

"Why do people discriminate against one another?"

Jamie, that's a great question. In the context of your question discrimination goes all the way back to early human history. In Genesis 4, Cain discriminated against his brother Abel because he was jealous of how God treated Abel's sacrifice in relation to his. Today, people discriminate against each other for all kinds of reasons; race, religion, class, age, sex, hometown, education and many more. When we focus on our differences it's easy to discriminate.

Discrimination is what Apostle Peter described in Acts 10 as being a respecter of persons. That's not God's heart. Until the founding of The Church after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Apostle Peter, like most other Jews discriminated against all other people. Jews did not mix with Gentiles because they considered themselves to be superior as a result of being God's chosen people. Also, even within The Jewish community there was discrimination. Men considered women to be inferior, the rich discriminated against the poor, etc. However, after Jesus died on the cross, there was no longer any legitimate reason for discrimination.

Galatians 3:26-29(NKJV) - For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

There should be absolutely no discrimination in The Church. We're all part of the same family and the same Blood of Jesus flows through all of our veins. Because discrimination is so common in the world it's still a big challenge for many Christians to completely stamp it out of their lives. In fact, sometimes even when people don't discriminate against us we discriminate against our own selves.

We voluntarily have black churches, white churches, rich churches, poor churches, etc. Without always consciously trying to do so, we separate ourselves from other Christians so that we can feel comfortable. Is it wrong to like a particular church because you fit in easily? No, but if The Lord directs you to a place where the people look different from you physically you should be willing to go there.

1 Samuel 16:7(NKJV) - But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Why do people discriminate? People judge with their eyes. Evaluation another person merely on a physical level is one of the roots of discrimination. People think that what they see is the real person and that's not true. The truth is that your physical body is just the house for your spirit and soul. God knows that so He looks past the walls of your house to the person on the inside. If God doesn't limit His perspective of person to what can be physically seen why should we?

2 Corinthians 5:16-17(NLT) - So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

I will end with this. When you evaluate someone from a human point of view, it's easy to discriminate. Humans come in every size, shape and form. God made us different on purpose. However, we're supposed to embrace these human differences the same way we embrace the colors of the rainbow. All together, we are beautiful. Our spirits were made one with The Holy Spirit the moment we became born again. However, our unique bodies remain as varying expressions of God's beauty. The Body of Christ is one body but we have many parts. Where do you fit?

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The Holy Spirit: A Foretaste of Immortality And Eternity

Romans 8:23(NLT) - And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.

Understanding The Holy Spirit’s role in our lives should be near the top of our list of priorities. Regrettably, that usually is not the case. We tend to remain satisfied with the limited exposure we receive at church and pursue only what we consider to be available. Hence, most of us just know about spiritual gifts, the fruit of the spirit and talking in tongues when there is so much more. Today, let’s consider His role as our foretaste of immortality and eternity. In other words, the moment you got saved and He moved inside of you eternity began. When Jesus died, according to 2 Timothy 1:10, He brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. Now The Holy Spirit continues where He left off.

Your days can no longer be numbered thus your mindset must change to match one that considers eternity. Every decision you make today when guided by The Holy Spirit has eternal significance and will impact your life forever. Your story doesn’t end with death but only enters another chapter. So the presence of The Holy Spirit in your life is a reminder that your destiny is eternally yoked to Him. Listen to His voice as you face life’s challenges because He sees the end and knows the best pathway for you to get there. Life in the Spirit signals the beginning of your days of heaven on earth.

Meditate on Romans 8:18-27

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The Body Bible Study - Dreams and Visions

Next Session - Saturday, November 9th, 2013

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

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

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Ask Donnell: What's Blocking Me From Receiving From God?

Ask Donnell: What's Blocking Me From Receiving From God?

We received the following question from Nicholas;

"I have always felt as if something was blocking me from fully receiving from God, the Spirit and the Bible. Last night in Corporate Prayer it was as if I was taking off a mask like what wrestlers wear. It was hindering me from seeing, hearing and expressing myself properly. My question is as there is God's Spiritual Armour (Ephesians 6:10-19) could satan also have us clothed in his armour to prevent us from receiving all that Almighty God has for us ??"

This question is deep. We'll get straight to the point because The Lord wants to speak to us about this.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4(KJV) - But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Satan is the god of this world. Therefore, the power of Satan is limited to the people of the world. Who are the people of the world? The people who do not believe in Jesus Christ. These people are under his control. He has blinded their minds which is why they can stare at the truth of Jesus Christ yet still choose to believe a lie. Can he impose this same influence over the lives of believers? He will definitely try but he simply doesn't have the authority to do so. Jesus said in Matthew 24:24; "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."

So to directly address your question, the answer is no! The devil does not have the authority to blind the minds of God's children. He can't put any mask over our faces. He can't stop us from seeing God. So why is it that some Christians do find great difficulty in seeing The Lord? If Satan's not the one blocking some of our vision, who is?

Matthew 13:10-17(NKJV) - And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Do you want to know a simple way of defining the term "revelation"? Revelation is "seeing" God's heart and "hearing" God's voice through His Word. Many people can read the same scriptures but some can really see what God is saying while others can only see the words on the page.

This is what was going on while Jesus preached to the multitude. Most of the people who were following Jesus were incapable of really hearing and understanding what He was saying. Their hearts had grown dull from years of powerless, religious teaching. Their ears were hard of hearing so the truth could not penetrate. They had closed their eyes to really seeing what Jesus was showing them. As a result, there was a separation. Jesus freely gave parables to the masses but reserved true revelation for His disciples. That same separation is taking place today.

2 Timothy 4:1-5(NKJV) - I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

If you don't constantly feed your spirit with sound doctrine your ears will grow dull. You will become satisfied and complacent with your current experience with God. You will start to lose your desire for more and more of Him. You will jump on the religious train and coast through life instead of living with urgency. Once you start coasting downhill you won't want to handle hard truths from God's Word because they will push you out of your comfort zone and end your coasting.

It's at this time that the following scripture becomes relevant; Matthew 15:6b(KJV) - ...... Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition." Whenever you find yourself going through the motions as a Christian the power of God's Word loses its effect in your life. Additionally, when the power of God is not effective in your life it surely won't be effective through your life. If God can't move you on the inside, He can't use you to move others.

Now that we understand why some of us struggle to see God, what can be done for the eyes of our hearts to be opened? How do we see God through His Word, hear His voice and develop a sensitivity for His Spirit the way we need to?

1) A Pure Heart

Matthew 5:8(KJV) - Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.

Psalm 66:18(KJV) - If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.

Cleanse your heart of all unrighteousness. You "see" God through your heart and not just your mind. If there's anything else in your heart that's taking His place it will obscure your vision of Him. Purify your heart by removing everything that competes with God from within it. Jesus said in Matthew 22:37(KJV), "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." If you can't love God with ALL of your heart you won't be able to see Him clearly.

2) Holiness

Hebrews 12:14(KJV) - Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

Holiness is being in one mind with God. Whatever God loves you love and whatever He hates you hate. When that's your state of mind and heart, whatever God sees you'll see.

3) Keep God's Commandments

John 14:21(NKJV) - He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

If God says it, do it. A disciple is a disciplined follower. That's why Jesus spoke in parables to the masses yet revealed deep revelation to His disciples. He only reveals Himself to those who are close to Him.

4) Believe God!

John 11:40(KJV) - Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

Why don't we see the glory of God? We don't believe. This goes without saying but there are many unbelieving believers out there. Don't be one of them. If God says He will do something you have to believe Him. The Apostle Paul says in Hebrews 11:6(KJV) - "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

5) Seek God's Face!

Psalm 27:8(NLT) - My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

2 Chronicles 7:14-16(KJV) - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

A wise man once told me that things happen when you pray that don't happen when you don't pray. If you respond when God tugs on your heart to seek His face you'll develop the ability to hear His voice. God's always looking for people willing to spend time with Him.

Hebrews 4:16(KJV) - Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

He makes Himself available to those who really want to be with Him. God wants us to approach His throne boldly by reading His Word, spending time in prayer, true worship and sincere thanksgiving. The more time we spend with Him the more we get to know Him.

6) Pay Special Attention to The Holy Spirit!

1 Corinthians 2:9-11(NKJV) - But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.

The fruit of The Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), gifts of The Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) and the Seven-fold manifestation of The Holy Spirit (Revelation 3:1, Isaiah 11:1-3) are all as relevant today as they were in the days that The Bible was written. Romans 8:9-11 says The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian. God reveals Himself to us through His Holy Spirit.

As a result, people who do not accept the active daily role of The Holy Spirit cannot see, hear or understand what God is doing right now. That explains why the Pharisees could have been experts in scripture but be clueless about the inner workings of God. They knew about God but they didn't know Him.

They tried to see Him with their natural eyes and hear him with their natural ears instead of yielding to His Spirit. If you want to grow in the things of the spirit you have to pay special attention to The Holy Spirit. Start by acknowledging His activity within you. He's the still, small voice on the inside who tells you to do right when you want to do wrong. Follow His directions on the little things first then He'll begin to reveal more.

2 Corinthians 3:12-18(NKJV) - Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech — unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

In sum, as you spend time in God's presence He transforms you more and more to look just like Him. Not only will you see His glory, His glory will be seen in you. If you purify your heart, walk in holiness, keep God's commandments, believe whatever He says and spend time with His Spirit you will see Him clearly. You will read His Word and see revelation. You will hear His voice. You will sense His Spirit moving and be on the cutting edge of what He's doing. He will reveal Himself to you.

James 4:8(KJV) - Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

When you move, God responds. He's ready to unlock the mysteries of His Kingdom to you. Move now. Don't keep Him waiting.

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How The Holy Spirit Affects Your Natural Life

How The Holy Spirit Affects Your Natural Life

THE SPIRIT WITHIN YOU DIRECTLY AFFECTS YOUR NATURAL LIFE

Romans 8:10-11(NKJV) - And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

The Holy Spirit’s residence inside of your body is supposed to do more than affect your spiritual life. His purpose extends beyond renewing your spirit in preparation for eternity with God. It also extends beyond merely instilling confidence in you that God is there. He can also breathe life into your mortal body and enable you with capabilities that are beyond human limitations. His presence alone means that the usual decay and corruption found in all humanity due to the curse of Adam’s sin should no longer affect you. He can make you immune to all sicknesses, diseases, accidents, sudden disasters, plagues and attacks. Like your white blood cells, He can repel any plan of the enemy to bring you down in the natural realm.

Conversely, as stated in Hosea 4:6, the people of God are continually destroyed because they lack this knowledge. His people refuse to accept the immunity provided by The Holy Spirit because they cannot seem to believe it. What will you do today? Will you allow Him to quicken your mortal body in any area where death has tried to overtake it? Will you believe what Jesus said in John 6:63 and let His “Spirit Words” put life inside of you? Let your mind be controlled by The Holy Spirit and you’ll have life and peace.

Meditate on Romans 8:1-17.

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Ask Donnell - Is It Ever Justifiable To Take A Human Life?

Ask Donnell - Is It Ever Justifiable To Take A Human Life?

We received the following question from Moses;

"Afternoon Pastor Duncan! I hope all is well with you today. I have a few questions. I did a little research on the topic of killing and how people misinterpret the commandment due to the flaw of the English language. I learned that God also killed but He did so in righteous judgment. If you can go over the topic I would appreciate it so I can have a full understanding. When I read about how God destroyed people yet it was the righteous thing...I wonder as Christians are we able to do the same? Like if someone has done evil against you or someone you love (something like degrading your reputation or even drastic as murdering someone you love) do we have the power to take their life or will that be revenge and unrighteous?"

Moses, your questions are no joke. They definitely force us to seek God for His wisdom. Otherwise, we would have no idea how to respond. Regardless, every question has an answer. We just need to know where to find it. There are two ways I can approach this question. I can use The Old Testament and address the many cases where there was righteous justification for taking human lives including direct orders from God to do so. This is the path of least resistance and it's tempting to take it.

My other option is much more challenging and that's to focus on the New Testament. The Old Testament will always be valid but everything we read in The Old Testament must be interpreted through the life and teachings of Jesus. What He said and what was subsequently said by His Apostles provide us with the right perspective on The Old Testament. Hence, I'll start in The New Testament and work my way back if I have to. Let's deal with several situations where the debate of taking human life tends to show up starting with the one you referred to in your question.

1) Killing As An Act Of Vengeance

Matthew 5:38-42(NLT) - “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.

The best place for us to start is with a direct quotation from Jesus. This is one of those scripture passages that many of us wish was not in The Bible. Every word in it goes completely contrary to the natural desires of our flesh. If someone does something to you, your natural response is to return the favor. However, there's no room for that in the teachings of Jesus. On the surface, it looks like The Bible teaches Christians to be victims who can be bullied, intimidated and taken advantage of by anyone. However, that's not true. The Apostle Paul fills in the missing details.

Romans 12:15-21(NKJV) - Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

It may work great in action movies but Christians don't have the luxury of killing someone as an act of vengeance. Why? That's not how it works in God's Kingdom. God wants to be our defence. He wants to exact vengeance on behalf of His children. Believe me, if someone does you wrong and you take it into your own hands you're on your own. You might spend the rest of your life in jail or get a death sentence. However, if you let God handle it His way it still won't be pretty but you will not be held responsible.

Ask Donnell - Is It Ever Justifiable To Take A Human Life?

2) Killing In Self Defense

Matthew 26:50-53(NKJV) - But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?

When you are attacked you have a right to defend yourself. That's why so many people are getting guns now. They want to be able to shoot attackers. However, what if there are four attackers and they all have guns? Do you plan to shoot them all? What if there are other attackers hiding somewhere? Do you plan to shoot into space and hope you hit them too? Let's be real here. If your only defense is you, it's not enough. You need help.

If Jesus needed help to defend Himself He just had to ask The Father. There were more than 80,000 angels on high alert ready to respond the moment He needed them. As a result, He didn't need Peter to pull out his sword and do anything when those soldiers showed up. Why was that so important? Jesus told Peter that if he used his sword to fight he would be fighting in the natural and if he chose to do so he would die a natural death in that fight. However, if he took the fight to a higher system by relying on God there was a heavenly army ready to fight. Check this out.

2 Kings 6:15-18(NKJV) - And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.” And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

Elisha and his servant were surrounded by a huge army. They could have grabbed swords in both hands and ran out swinging wildly. Maybe they would have lasted ten seconds before a hail of arrows pierced their chests. However they knew better. Elisha knew, just like Jesus that a heavenly army was assigned to him. If he ever needed help, he just needed to call of The Lord to reveal them. That's the standard set for us in both the Old and New Testaments.

Psalm 91:10-12(NKJV) - No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Before you think about fighting in your flesh, remember your angels. They won't get involved if you take matters into your own hands. As Jesus said, if you live by the sword you will die by the sword. They will stay out of any situation you choose not to involve them in. In contrast, if you live by the spirit you will live. If you are ever in a state of emergency and your life is under threat that's when your first instinct should always be to call on The Lord. Once you do that He will dispatch angels to fight for you.

Isaiah 11:2(KJV) - The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

In some rare cases if God wants you to fight He will give you supernatural strength. That's what we call "The Spirit of Might." It's the same anointing that was on Samson which changed him from a regular guy into The Bible's version of "The Incredible Hulk."

Judges 14:19(KJV) - Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of their men, took their apparel, and gave the changes of clothing to those who had explained the riddle. So his anger was aroused, and he went back up to his father’s house.

Judges 15:14-15(NKJV) - When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands. He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it.

When The Spirit of The Lord came upon Samson he was able to kill thirty men in one case and one thousand men in another. This is the one case where it's okay to fight. In this case you're not fighting in the flesh because you are empowered by The Holy Ghost. However, just as there is a manifestation of The Anointing to fight there is one for flight. If you need to run for your life, The Holy Spirit can help with that too.

1 Kings 18:45-46(NKJV) - Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel. Then the hand of the Lord came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

Elijah outran Ahab's chariot because the Hand of The Lord was upon him. Therefore, if The Holy Spirit wants you to hit the road He can empower you to do so supernaturally. We can go even deeper with this by considering the possibility of translation from one place to another.

Acts 8:39-40(NKJV) - Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.

The Spirit of The Lord can make you strong. He can make you run fast. He can also make you disappear and appear somewhere else. In a book called The Heavenly Man I read about a Chinese pastor named Yun who once translated from one place to another to escape soldiers who were chasing him.

He was running for his life and The Lord chose to help him in that way. Can you believe that? I sure do. Why am I saying all of this? Christians have options. If we really choose to live in The Spirit nothing is impossible. We don't have to rely on our own strength because sometimes our strength is not enough.

Ask Donnell - Is It Ever Justifiable To Take A Human Life?

3) Killing As A Soldier In War Or As An Officer In Law Enforcement

Luke 3:14(NKJV) - Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?” So he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.”

2 Timothy 2:4(NKJV) - No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

Soldiers kill people. That's usually understood. Anyone who signs up to be a soldier is taught how to kill. That's what the guns are for. So let's see how The Bible handles this in The New Testament. I'll start in Luke 3 when under the conviction of The Lord, some soldiers asked John The Baptist what they needed to do, he basically told them to be honest and content. Then in 2 Timothy 2:4 The Apostle Paul's perspective was that soldiers need to focus on what they have been ordered to do and can't be caught up in the affairs of civilian life.

In each case, the writer had the opportunity to decry the act of killing by soldiers but chose not to do so. They placed their focus on integrity, humility and following orders. This brings up another question. What if your orders are irrational or even illegal? In that case you answer to a higher authority and should do what you know is right. When war crimes are prosecuted using the excuse that you followed orders doesn't mean you won't go to jail. That's a tough situation but it could be worse.

What if the war is not justified? That's a dilemma many soldiers have to deal with on a daily basis. That's one of the worst situations any soldier could be in. Unfortunately, if you enrolled you have to serve your time until you can get out. Hopefully, after your tour you can get out of there with your life.

Luke 14:31-33(NKJV) - Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

Jesus accepted the fact that wars take place in this fallen world. People die in wars and they don't die by natural causes, people kill them. This is one of the harsh realities of living in a world that's stained by the curse of sin and death. Yes, it's true that Jesus is the Prince of Peace but there won't be real peace on this earth until He returns with an army to take it over completely at The Resurrection. Read Revelation 19:11-16 and Jude 1:14-15.

Romans 13:3-5(MSG) - Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live.

The police have a job to do and sometimes they have to use lethal force to do it. That's a role that's accepted by God. There are people in this world who lack restraint in their actions and the police are there to help protect the rest of us from them. In the case of a policeman lawfully carrying out his duties, it is justifiable to take the life of someone who is endangering the lives of others.

In sum, is it ever justifiable to take a human life? Yes! However, unless you're in law enforcement, fighting a war or under attack, killing someone is not an option. God wants to fight our battles and if we're smart we will let Him. When He executes vengeance it's well executed.

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The Holy Ghost: The True Definition of A Helper

The Holy Ghost: The True Definition of A Helper

THE HOLY GHOST IS THE TRUE DEFINITION OF A HELPER

John 14:16-18(NKJV) - And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever - the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

When Jesus stood among His disciples they had supreme confidence. They knew that He would not allow anything to happen to them without intervening. They recognized the supernatural power and wisdom by which He operated and felt safe in His presence. Nonetheless, sometimes when He wasn’t standing among them it was a different story. During the storm on the lake, until He woke up and calmed it in Mark 4:39 they were scared for their lives. Once He was captured and crucified, they scattered according to His prediction in Mark 14:27.

Nevertheless, the gift of The Holy Spirit ensured that no Christian would ever be alone again. We always have help regardless of how hopeless things seem. The Holy Spirit is another Helper who can do everything Jesus did and since He lives in you, He can do it through you. As a result, while the disciples had the privilege of walking with Jesus we have the honor of carrying Him around on the inside of us. That realization alone should embolden you as you face today’s challenges. You don’t have to worry about God helping you out when He lives inside of you. Wake up the Holy Spirit inside of you and watch Him calm the storm you’re facing right now.

Meditate on Mark 4:35-41 and 2 Timothy 1:6-7

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The Body Bible Study - Hearing God's Voice

Next Session - Saturday, November 9th, 2013

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

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

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