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God Is A Businessman

God Is A Businessman

Today's blog is Part 3 in this blog series on Kingdom Economics. For Part 3 - "Why Kingdom Economics? - Great Wealth Awaits" click here.

GOD IS A BUSINESSMAN

Matthew 25:14-15(NKJV) - "For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.

God runs His Kingdom like a businessman. He is a venture capitalist who invests in entrepreneurs and expects a return after a specific period of time. The talents in today's scripture are not intangible skills or spiritual gifts but sums of money. Here's an excerpt addressing today's scripture passage from The Mysterious Kingdom of Heaven;

It’s important to note that in this illustration, Jesus showed that all of the servants received something. The distribution of the talents was not equal but it was fair because it was directly related to each person’s ability.

What you have in life is a reflection of what you can handle. Because God is described as a businessman, He cares about His return on investment. So consider today all that God has already invested in you. Evaluate what you have to show for it because He will return to ask for a report and won't be playing games.

Meditate on Matthew 25:14-29

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Why Kingdom Economics - Great Wealth Awaits

Why Kingdom Economics - Great Wealth Awaits

Today's blog is Part 3 in this blog series on Kingdom Economics. For Part 2 - "Why Kingdom Economics? - Money Gives Us A Voice" click here.

WHY KINGDOM ECONOMICS? - GREAT WEALTH AWAITS

Proverbs 13:22(NKJV) - A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

Sinners are everywhere. Since the road to hell is wide and densely populated, you can imagine how many sinners are in existence. Hence, there is immeasurable wealth being placed in storage. If you are in Christ you were made righteous according to Romans 5:19. As a righteous person, you are assured by scripture that great wealth awaits. However, because wealth is being stored up for you doesn't mean you're actually going to get it.

Per James 2:26, faith without works is dead. There is commensurate action that positions you to access every scriptural promise. Why Kingdom Economics? It enables The Body of Christ to be keenly aware of what must be done to turn the potential of a large financial windfall into one that has fully manifested. Believing The Word of God with all of your heart is just the beginning. Now you have to be positioned to receive what you believe.

Meditate on James 2:14-26

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Why Kingdom Economics? - Money Gives Us A Voice

Why Kingdom Economics? - Money Gives Us A Voice

Today's blog is Part 2 in this blog series on Kingdom Economics.

WHY KINGDOM ECONOMICS? - MONEY GIVES US A VOICE

Ecclesiastes 9:16(NLT) - So even though wisdom is better than strength, those who are wise will be despised if they are poor. What they say will not be appreciated for long.

In our society, “broke-folk” tend to be ignored! Many intelligent people rather listen to the ignorance of someone who has money than the wisdom of someone who doesn't. Why do so many choose to emulate rich superstars whose personal lives are a complete mess? Two reasons; they are rich and they are superstars! The image of the poor church mouse shuffling off to Sunday service looking for a way of escape from the daily grind provokes absolutely nobody to follow Jesus.

In much the same way, The Church has no voice if The Church has no money. The world won't start paying attention to what we have to say until we force them to listen. They will hear us when we create social programs that impact our neighborhoods. They will hear us when we take struggling single parents feed their families. They will hear us when we take people off the streets and put them in homes. They will hear us when we meet their needs. Why Kingdom Economics? Money gives us a voice.

Meditate on Ecclesiastes 9:13-16

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New Blog Series - Kingdom Economics

New Blog Series - Kingdom Economics

WHY KINGDOM ECONOMICS? - PREACHING THE GOSPEL

Matthew 24:14(NKJV) - And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

When you hear the term 'end-times' what do you think? Wars, earthquakes, storms, economic collapse, one-world Government, one-world economy and the outpouring of The Holy Spirit should probably come to mind. However, Jesus gave one very specific sign of the 'end-times' that we must never forget. The gospel of the kingdom will be preached to everyone, everywhere before the end comes. So what exactly does that have to do with Kingdom Economics?

Nothing in life is free. Taking the gospel to the world comes at a cost. Missionaries need financial support. Churches have budgets to meet. Outreach efforts must be funded. Air time must be purchased for Christian radio and television programming. In addition, the mass production of Christian literature including Bibles is a necessary expense. Hence, God wants to empower His church with the resources to pay for it all.

Meditate on Ecclesiastes 10:19, 1 Corinthians 9:1-14

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The Body Church - Building God's People

Sermon Date - Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

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

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

Sundays

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

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All that is done in secret shall be revealed!

The Parable of the Leaven - All that is done in secret shall be revealed!

The Parable of the Leaven - All that is done in secret shall be revealed!

Matthew 13:33(KJV) - Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

The first step toward understanding this short parable is dissecting its main components; the use of leaven and the act of hiding. We can do this by asking certain questions. Why did Jesus specifically use leaven? Why did He mention that the leaven was hidden in the meal? Why did He want us to know that the leaven eventually affected the entire meal? To ensure that I don’t make things up like several other prominent Bible teachers, I won’t use logic to answer Biblical questions. I’ll base my answers on information from the words of Jesus already available in the Bible.

Luke 12:1-3(KJV) - In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

Jesus used leaven in Luke 12:1-3 to describe hidden agendas. He confirmed this by immediately following His statement about the leaven of the Pharisees with a short teaching on transparency in the Kingdom of God. His main point is that if anything at all is done in secret, eventually it will be made public. So it’s not a stretch to conclude that the hiding of the leaven in the measures of meal until the whole meal was leavened meant the same thing.

Mark 4:22(KJV) - For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.

In sum, the Kingdom of God is one of honesty and openness which directly contrasts the system of the world. This world prides itself in its portrayal of false images. In that system, it’s more important to control what people think instead of allowing them to see reality. The media can’t be trusted because of subtle bias. People have embraced completely bogus images of reality created by the brilliant minds of marketing and publicity experts. Unfortunately, this has also affected The Church. Many of our Christian leaders live “double lives” where they say one thing based on the advice of their publicists and then live the complete opposite. Therefore, when the Kingdom of God is reestablished on the earth, all of this deception will have to end.

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Don't Feel Pressured To "Prove" You're Anointed

Today's blog is an excerpt from Revelation Unplugged.

Mark 6:4-6(KJV) – But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief, And he went around the villages, teaching.

It’s important for you to minister with the confidence you get from the Word of God because if you’re not leaning on God, people will shake you. It’s rare for people in this world and in The Church to just receive ministry. It’s in our human nature to question everything. That is not a bad thing at a certain level, so you should prepare yourself. People questioned Jesus even though they knew exactly what He had done to help them all. Nonetheless, it is clear that the attitude of each recipient of your ministry determines your effectiveness in that person’s life.

Therefore, as I said before, never discount the need to have a firmly established foundation in the Word of God and a strong personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. For instance, you may be anointed to heal the sick but in a particular place they may question your anointing and then expect you to prove yourself before their eyes. Don’t do it! It’s a trap! If they don’t believe that you’re anointed then they won’t receive healing from God. Therefore, they will make you look like a phony. You do not need to prove anything to a group of skeptical people. God can prove Himself whenever He chooses to.

James 1:5-8(KJV) – If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing from the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

People with limited faith based on the Word of God will find it difficult to receive any ministry. They will not see consistent results in their lives and may choose to point fingers at you. Always remember that God is the ultimate minister so even if people do not receive from you let them take it up with God. I don’t claim to know everything and I don’t always say things right. However, I know what God has called me to do and that is exactly what I am doing. The ministry being presented at The Cracked Door Foundation Inc has blessed the hearts of many people and has also offended others.

At one point, I became confused when the same message revolutionized the life of one individual and totally angered someone else. Do we all read from the same Bible? Do we listen to the same Holy Ghost? It’s important to walk with confidence because if you’re unsure, you’re ineffective. You can’t blame people for not believing in you if you don’t believe in yourself. You also can’t blame people for not seeing God in you if you don’t see God in yourself. That’s why you should always place the focus on God so that regardless of your flaws, it will never be about you. You don’t want to get the glory when it’s good and you don’t want to be culpable when it’s bad.

Matthew 4:1-7(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. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

The devil was very subtle and made an attempt to destroy the ministry of Jesus by a simple method. He tried to get Jesus to prove Himself. That’s how people get themselves defeated in ministry. They let the enemy bait them and then find themselves trying to prove that they are anointed. They push people down in a prayer line. They declare generic prophecies that will definitely come to pass. They preach messages based on proven sermon notes they found on the Internet or bought in a bookstore.

They make exorbitant claims about their integrity that are unnecessary. They use credit to buy material possessions to create an illusion of prosperity. They try to manipulate people into giving money using pressure tactics. I can continue this list with ease because I have witnessed them all. However, I think you get the point. Jesus did not let the enemy trick Him. He established a precedent that we should all adhere to. Do not prove that you are anointed or that you are called by God. It’s not a good idea. Continue to operate in integrity and remain genuine. If you are good at something, you don’t need to force it.

1 Corinthians 2:14-16(KJV) - But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

Now let me bring some balance. If you’re trying out for a position and you’re being evaluated by a superior then you have to do your best. That’s the only time when it’s worth proving yourself. Your pastor may want to hear you minister in his office before he puts you on the stage so in that case, blow his mind. He may want to discuss the topic you plan to preach about, so prepare your notes and nail the interview. You may be trying to get your dance ministry off the ground so if you’re trying out for a show then dance like David danced. Outside of that, stick to your ministry goals.

Don’t let a person who really does not want to receive anything from you intimidate you into proving yourself. The devil knew that Jesus was the Son of God but he asked Him to prove it anyway. The anointing is very easy to recognize so many people who question you may have already noticed it. In addition, if people are not walking in the Spirit, you’re wasting time trying to get them to understand. Nothing you do can convince a carnal person of your spiritual capabilities.

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March 3, 2014 Posted by admin in Books, Power

Embrace Your Spiritual Authority

Embrace Your Spiritual Authority

Today's blog is an excerpt from Revelation Unplugged.

Luke 10:17-20(KJV) – And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

The Word of God is the foundation of your life so it has to be the foundation of your ministry. These words from Jesus are very encouraging for even the most “battle-weary” soldier of The Cross. You don’t have to wonder about your ability to face challenges because the same power available to the seventy ministers can be yours by faith. God is not a respecter of persons so He would not enable some of His ministers to do the task and leave the rest helpless.

2 Corinthians 5:17(KJV) - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

The first thing the seventy ministers did when they returned to Jesus was testify. With gladness, they informed Him of the authority they clearly exhibited through the use of His name. For instance, the devils were under their control and they had to tell Jesus about it. However, Jesus was not surprised because He was there when the devil was kicked out of heaven for disrespecting God. He understood how powerless Satan was compared to Him. Any man operating in His name has that same power over serpents, scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.

These serpents and scorpions can be spiritual or physical because wherever the power of the enemy exists, the name of Jesus is greater. However, even though we agree that the seventy ministers were invincible according to Jesus, what about us? Is it possible for us to be oblivious to the hurtful attacks of the enemy?

John 14:12-18(KJV) - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

The Holy Ghost provides access to the power that Jesus operated in. He was sent to earth when Jesus left. Therefore, everything the seventy ministers could do in the name of Jesus we can also do in the name of Jesus. They had Jesus physically present but we have the Holy Ghost spiritually present. There is nothing that they could do that we cannot do. I know it may be hard to believe but you have to make a choice. You either believe the words of Jesus or you do not.

He said that we can do more than He did and I believe it because He said it. I don’t care how impossible it sounds to call people back to life from the dead, but I believe that I can do it because I have the Holy Ghost. I don’t care how impossible it sounds to cause food to multiply but if Jesus did it I can do it. I can heal the sick in the name of Jesus. I can call money out of the mouth of a fish in the name of Jesus. Nothing is impossible to me because I believe in Jesus. What about you?

John 14:26(KJV) - But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Acts 1:8(KJV) - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

The power of the Holy Ghost is the power that Jesus operated in. Any man in Christ is a new creature. According to Ephesians 1:13-14, he receives the Holy Spirit within him as soon as he receives the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as his salvation from the curse of sin and death. Therefore, as a minister, you can walk with boldness. However, this does not come when the Holy Spirit is just within you. It only comes when He is upon you. That is a different level of power. The Holy Spirit within you breaks the curse of sin and death over your life and allows you to enter heaven. However, the Holy Spirit upon you allows you to operate in power and dominion on the earth as defined by God in Genesis 1:26-28.

Galatians 5:25(KJV) - If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

You have to yield your will to the Holy Spirit for Him to be on you. Until you give what is in your heart expression through your body, you may get to go to heaven but you will be ineffective for the Kingdom of God on the earth. When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, He gains control of your life. When that takes place, your ministry goes into a new dimension.

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The Power Of Self-Control

The Heart of The Anointing

Galatians 5:22-23(NLT) - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Proverbs 16:32(NLT) - Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

What better way to start this month than with the Spiritual Fruit of Self-Control? It's this fruit that determines whether or not you will discipline yourself to develop all of the others. One of the hallmark characteristics of the greatest men and women of God in The Bible is their self-control. They never just followed their natural impulses when making decisions but they subjected themselves to the rules by which they chose to live. Unfortunately, whenever a man of God did not exhibit self-control, he paid a high price and Samson is the perfect example.

Like The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:27, we must discipline ourselves and put our fleshly desires into subjection to The Spirit of God. Growing spiritually and developing spiritual fruit won't come easy. Your flesh will resist it and conditions may never be perfect for the process to continue. However, you have to make the decision to pursue God's plan for your life and never give up on it. You will be identified by your fruit so regardless of what you think, unless it's seen on the outside nobody really knows what's in your heart but God.

Meditate on Proverbs 5:23, 25:28, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 and 1 Peter 1:13

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The Spiritual Fruit Of Gentleness

The Peace of God

THE FRUIT OF GENTLENESS

Galatians 5:22-23(NLT) - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

2 Timothy 2:23-25(NKJV) - But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,

God expects His people to be gentle. In several scriptures, gentleness is mentioned simultaneously with humility and meekness because they are clearly related. It takes humility to speak to people with consistent gentleness. King Solomon said in Proverbs 15:1; “ A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” God wants us to be peace-makers which requires us to use gentleness to diffuse very volatile situations. When someone sees you operate gently when you're being dealt with harshly they have the opportunity to see true spirituality in action.

Make a decision to be gentle today. You won't get it right away but become conscious of your responses to people. A soft answer might pour cold water on a flaming remark that was only designed to steal your peace. Let The Holy Spirit give you the words you need when your own words are dripping with sarcasm and anger. Evidence of your changed heart witnesses to someone else that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life and His Spirit lives inside of you. They may never understand the depths of your spiritual maturity but they can see the fruit that results from it.

Meditate on Titus 3:2 and James 3:7

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