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May 13, 2014 Posted by admin in Books, Faith

Important Faith Lessons From Noah

By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. - Hebrews 11:7 kjv

Noah’s faith caused him to respond when God warned him of impending tragedy. He made a decision to obey the voice of God without having the physical evidence necessary to satisfy his human intelligence. Therefore, by faith, he used the Word of God as the only evidence of the looming flood. Building the ark must have been a major investment for him because of its sheer size. God told him to make it four hundred and fifty feet long, seventy-five feet wide and forty-five feet high. Those are staggering numbers for one man, so I assume that his family helped him in some way. The time commitment for such an endeavor is another major factor we should consider.

When inspired for some reason, it’s possible for many Christian people to have a moment of great faith, but it’s entirely different when you have to sustain your faith over an extended period of time. The Apostle Paul said in Hebrews 6:12 that you inherit the promises of God through not just faith but the combination of faith and patience. For this reason, Noah’s sustained faith in the Word of God placed him in line for an inheritance that only God could have provided.

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. - Genesis 6:8–9 kjv

I don’t know how Noah did it. However, I know that he did. I don’t know how you will do it. However, I know that you can. In the middle of a world full of sin and rebellion, you can be just and perfect in your generation. While everyone around you is walking away from the things of God, like Noah, you can walk with God. The advantages of a life spent in fellowship with God cannot be emphasized enough. God warned Noah of the flood because God knew Noah.

They were personal friends and conversed on a regular basis. You cannot have access to the inner workings of God’s wisdom if you don’t have an intimate relationship with him. It’s a fantasy to think that God will even consider you for detailed personal instructions if Christianity is still a religious experience for you. If he only sees you when you show up at church, then he is not in a relationship with you. If he only hears from you when something is wrong then you are not intimate with him. As a result, you will be left out of the loop while the people he knows very well take the inside track to his miraculous goodness.

You may start off in faith, but if something doesn’t happen in your favor quickly and you stop believing in God, your actions will change to match what you believe. Thus, if you give up on your faith, you will fail. It’s not always a lack of faith that stops you from getting what’s yours, but it is a lack of maintenance of your faith. Fortunately, God doesn’t dwell on the past, and neither should you. Ask for forgiveness based on 1 John 1:9 whenever you need it, and continue in faith. The lesson learned from the salvation of Noah is that faith in the Word of God must be sustained over an extended period of time in order to inherit the promises of God.

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May 12, 2014 Posted by admin in Books

Limited Obedience = Limited Results

Obedience

2 Kings 13:14-19 - Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows. And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king's hands. And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord's deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them. And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed. And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

King Joash was given a simple instruction by the prophet Elisha to hit the ground with his arrows. It was quite an unusual request but he obliged. He had no idea what the prophet was doing so he didn’t have much enthusiasm in his obedience. For that reason, he limited the miraculous ability of God to bring him victory over the Syrians. This is a perfect example of the problem with many naturally brilliant Christians in the Western Church. Many of us won’t completely disobey God’s Word but that doesn’t mean we’ll enthusiastically obey it with all of our hearts.

There is a new brand of religious Christianity that no longer demands total devotion to the Word of God. It’s alright to obey God in some areas and disregard Him in others. As long as the commandment is convenient, the average Western Christian is willing to obey. The problem only arises when God’s Word forces an individual out of his comfort zone. A lack of passion for God has resulted in a nonchalant group of fruitless people pretending to operate in the power of God.

How many times have you received instructions and didn’t follow them earnestly? The Bible says to pray without ceasing but how much prayer time do you really get in a week? The Bible says to give and it will come back to you so how much do you give? The Bible says to forsake not the assembling of yourselves together but do you care if you regularly miss church? The Bible says to flee fornication but how many people grow up in church and don’t keep their virginity until marriage. The Bible says that wine is a mocker but some Christian people are reading this book right now with a glass of wine in their hands.

Revelation 3:14-22 - And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Jesus knew that the day would come when certain groups within the church community would lose their passion. He also knew that when that day came, the possibility of miracles would decrease. You can’t straddle the fence and experience the fullness of God. You’re either in God’s Kingdom or you’re out. When Christian people get complacent they undo what God has done for them. Accordingly, the assumption of wealth and security turns into despair once God’s grace is lifted.

The Western Church is famous for talking about power. We know what the Bible says and can claim it for our lives but unless we are willing to pay the price of dedication to God’s Kingdom we’ll remain powerless. Something changes in a ministry when people become passionate about God. What once seemed difficult becomes easy. Where there once were obstacles, the favor of God becomes prevalent. The impossible becomes possible where God locates total obedience.

2 Kings 4:1-7 - Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

Elisha told the woman to borrow as many vessels as possible, close the door and fill them with oil. The point I want to make is that the miracle extended to the number of available vessels. As long as there were vessels available, there was a miracle to fill them. Accordingly, if King Joash in 2 Kings 13 had any idea of this miracle he would have known the importance of enthusiastic obedience. As many times as he would have hit the ground with arrows in obedience to the prophet, God would have shown him favor.

The woman could have borrowed two vessels and God would have given her a miracle fit for two. She could have borrowed fifty vessels and her miracle would have been fit for fifty. The oil only stopped when the capacity to receive it was exhausted. Now relate that to your own life. If God says He will increase your life in a particular area, how have you set up the infrastructure to receive it? Do you know that even if He does more than you can handle, you can only benefit from what you can handle?

The possible miracles in your life end when you can’t receive any more. God loves you enough to know when to stop doing something that could possibly destroy your life. Your inability to handle money limits God’s ability to give more to you. Your inability to handle relationships limits the people God can bring into your life. Your inability to be an effective leader puts a glass ceiling over your own advancement. Your need for character development can slow down the time of your progress. It’s not God holding you back from anything, it’s your inability to receive.

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May 11, 2014 Posted by admin in prophecy

Be ready to meet Jesus!

Be ready to meet Jesus!

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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May 9, 2014 Posted by admin in The Body

The Body Church Dedication Sunday

Dedication Weekend - Thursday, May 1st, 2014 to Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Dedication - Sunday, May 4th, 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

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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May 7, 2014 Posted by admin in The Body

The Body Church Dedication - Complete Workshop

Dedication Weekend - Thursday, May 1st, 2014 to Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Workshop - Saturday, May 3rd, 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

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Watch Out For The Invisible!

The Invisible World

2 Corinthians 4:18(KJV) - While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

What you see is not what you get. Sometimes you get what you don't see and by the time you see it, it's too late. There's a parallel world in existence right now simultaneous to the world we know. Whether we believe it or not, the invisible world is pulling the strings that control the visible world we live in. It operates by a different set of rules and can either greatly benefit or hamper our daily lives. How we interact with it determines which option will manifest.

Right now at The Body Church we are doing a teaching series on The Holy Spirit. Yes, He's invisible but He's more real than anything or anyone you can see.

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. - Colossians 1:15–17 nlt

Today's blog is an excerpt from my book "Faith Science".

Biblical faith is “complete trust in the invisible evidence provided by the Word of God confirmed by commensurate action.” Based on the Scriptures, there is an invisible world that exists simultaneously with the visible world we live in. In that world are thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Thus, if we believe the Word of God, we cannot ignore it. In the same way that Christ is the visible image of the invisible God, what we see in our lives are visible images of what’s happening in the invisible world. Even if we choose not to acknowledge it, our lives are directly affected by what we cannot see with our natural eyes. Now let’s apply this perspective to the following biblical account.

The king of Aram became very upset over this. He called his officers together and demanded, “Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?” “It’s not us, my lord the king,” one of the officers replied. “Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!” “Go and find out where he is,” the king commanded, “so I can send troops to seize him.” And the report came back: “Elisha is at Dothan.” So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city. When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. As the Aramean army advanced toward him, Elisha prayed, “O Lord, please make them blind.” So the Lord struck them with blindness as Elisha had asked. - 2 Kings 6:11–18 nlt

When life is seen through the eyes of faith, it is completely different from physical reality. Elisha knew that God’s army was there to protect him, so he had no fear of the Arameans. It didn’t matter to him what his natural eyes could see. As long as God existed, he was safe. His servant, however, was not as confident. He looked up and saw troops, horses, and chariots everywhere, so he responded just like any intelligent human being would. He was panic-stricken. He shared his fears with Elisha, and one of the most amazing revelations in Scripture took place.

Elisha prayed for God to give his servant spiritual vision so he could see into the invisible world. Instantly, his perspective changed. If he thought the Aramean army was impressive, what did he think when he saw the hillside filled with horses and chariots of fire from God’s army? Did they all arrive as soon as the servant’s eyes were opened, or were they already there? Did the fact that they became visible validate their existence? Of course not! The invisible world is real all by itself and can only be seen through the eyes of faith. What happened with Elisha’s servant was necessary for him to believe what Elisha already believed by faith.

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May 6, 2014 Posted by admin in The Body

The Body Church Dedication: Selected Workshop Highlights

Dedication Weekend - Thursday, May 1st, 2014 to Sunday, May 4th, 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

Visit The Body Church

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Who Are You, Holy Spirit?

Who Are You, Holy Spirit?

After The Resurrection of Jesus, God's interaction with mankind changed. He was no longer physically present on the earth as a man but on The Day of Pentecost, we got something even better. He moved inside of every Christian and forever, there would never be a separation between His people and Himself. Maybe it's time He got the attention He deserved. Welcome to your encounter with The Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:16-18(NLT) - No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy.

Baptize my heart with your fire, your desire
I don’t want to be offended when it’s all coming down
I pledge my allegiance to Jesus

© Misty Edwards/FORERUNNER MUSIC (ASCAP)

In Genesis 1:2, facing an empty, shapeless earth, The Holy Spirit moved. In Genesis 1:3, after the movement of His Spirit, our Father in heaven declared His light into the thick darkness. Following this pattern, Joel prophesied the circumstances around which the final spiritual awakening will take place on the earth. At The Body Church we are currently in the middle of an intense study of The Holy Spirit. Without question, this series is bringing radical change to our lives.

Here's an excerpt from The Mysterious Kingdom of Heaven.

Understanding the Importance of the Holy Spirit

Colossians 1:15-22(NLT) - Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

The message in the opening line of Colossians 1:15-22 is very substantial. It basically states that Christ is the physical manifestation of all that is God. Therefore, as Jesus told Phillip and the other disciples in John 14:8-10 seeing Him was the same as seeing The Father. However, once Jesus physically left the earth and returned to heaven, He sent The Holy Spirit and this is what I need to deal with now. The Father sent The Son to set everything up for us up for our destiny and The Son left The Spirit to guide us through the entire process. If we don’t see The Holy Spirit as equal to God, we’ll completely underestimate our Christianity.

Many members of The Body of Christ wish they could have been alive during the days when Jesus walked the earth. They cannot conceive anything greater than sitting at His feet, conversing and sharing their lives with Him. It’s definitely a valid desire that we should all have but there is a dilemma here. Didn’t Jesus say that He would return to earth as The Holy Spirit? Didn’t He say that He would not leave us as orphans as the earth yearning for His presence? Didn’t He promise to never leave us alone? So why are we wishing for something that we already have?

John 14:11-17(NLT) - Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do. “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

Why desire an opportunity to walk with Jesus like the disciples when you have the opportunity to have Jesus live inside of you? That’s the reason why Jesus said that we could do even greater works than He did. He said specifically that it’s because He was going to The Father. Why is that important? He went to The Father and sent The Holy Spirit. He was with the disciples before He died and rose again but was in them after. With this understanding, we can ask anything in His name and He will do it. That’s His guarantee. It only makes sense when we see the relevance of The Holy Spirit. We can’t think of Him any less than we think of Jesus Christ, our hero who died on the cross for our sins.

In fact, since I’m on this issue, let me share something else. How do you think Jesus was capable of rising from the dead? Yes, I agree with The Apostle Paul’s statement in Galatians 1:1 that The Father raised Him up. On the other hand, since The Father remained in heaven throughout the entire progression of The Resurrection of The Son, how do you think He got the job done? When you discover the answers to questions like these in the scriptures, your perception of who you are in Christ must change.

Romans 8:11(NLT) - The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

Jesus was The One who rose from the dead but it was The Holy Spirit who raised Him up. He is the same Holy Spirit who lives inside of every Christian. Accordingly, as much as we marvel at the thought of Jesus Christ destroying the work of the enemy, we must marvel that The Father thought us worthy enough to do the same. The thirty three years Jesus spent walking the earth as a man were an example of what we can do when we rightly discern the Holy Spirit. The disciples didn’t have an advantage over us. They just understood what we struggle to understand. When Jesus walked the earth they looked to Him to do everything they needed but once they received The Holy Spirit God could do all He desired through them.

The Holy Spirit has everything we could ever desire from God because He is God. The Mystery of The Trinity is that The Holy Spirit can live inside of us while Jesus and The Father are seated on thrones in heaven. Whatever you can imagine Jesus doing in your situation if He was going through it you can do it yourself. If Jesus can conquer the most powerful foes and escape every possible trap of the enemy so can you. If Jesus could call legions of angels at will, so can you. If Jesus could speak a Word and see deliverance, so can you. Nothing ever stopped Jesus from operating in the fullness of God’s authority but unbelief. So if you have The Holy Spirit inside of you and you’re being stopped then you know what’s stopping you.

James 1:22-25(NLT): “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”

You have two choices. You can marvel at this Heavenly Wisdom and walk away unchanged or you can make the decision to change your life. As you look into the mirror of the scriptures you can see the difference between God’s image and your image. Anywhere you see a discrepancy it is your responsibility to adjust. God’s not going to change to match what you look like because you should be an exact replica of Him. Genesis 1:26 opened our eyes to the truth of our creation in God’s image and likeness. Therefore, I can’t say enough that anything outside of God should be purged from inside you.

The Holy Spirit is more than a speech therapist who teaches charismatic Christians to speak in tongues. He is more than the energy that causes excited people to dance around during worship services or inadvertently jerk their shoulders when they “feel the power.” He is the personification of Christ and the same way He entered the physical body of Mary to produce Jesus He entered your body when you accepted Jesus into your heart. In Hosea 4:6, God laments that His people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. That's why a continued rejection of knowledge will position every Christian for destruction. Therefore, follow the directions of Peter 5:8 and be alert to what God’s Word says about The Holy Spirit because the enemy is looking for ignorant Christians to destroy.

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Ask Donnell - What does the expression "Son of Man" mean?

Ask Donnell - What does the term "Son of Man" mean?

We received the following question from Roshawn; "Can you explain to me what “Son of Man” really means?"

Good question, Roshawn. I know it's been a while since we answered one of these questions. As you probably already know we planted The Body Church in Midtown Atlanta on January 26th so we have been posting mostly videos from our services. Nonetheless, let's get into the scriptures and see what it has to say.

"Son of Man" is an expression found in both the Old and New Testaments.

The Old Testament

Definition #1: "son of man" - Descendent of a Human Being

Numbers 23:19(KJV) - God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

This is the first place in The Bible where "son of man" shows up. The words aren't capitalized in the King James Version because in this context it's used to simply represent any descendent of a human being. The Hebrew root words are "ben" for son and "adam" for man. "Ben" means "descendent, son, grandson, nation or any other builder of the family name" and "adam" means "human being". God is not a descendent of a human being so He doesn't have to answer to anybody. Amen! That's the point of the statement in Numbers 23:19.

This exact meaning, "descendent of a human being" is used in several other places including;

Job 25:6(KJV) - How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

Job 35:8(KJV) - Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.

Psalm 8:4(KJV) - What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Psalm 146:3(KJV) - Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

Definition #2 - "Son of man" - Prophet or Descendent of a Human Being with a special calling from God

Ezekiel 2:1-8(KJV) - And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.

In the Book of Ezekiel, God referred to the prophet Ezekiel as "Son of man". Take note of the capitalization of the word "Son" in many instances. It was translated that way for a reason. Obviously, Ezekiel was a prophet or simply a "called out" one. By a simple word study, the expression is translated from the same Hebrew words as before but in this case it refers to a special man of God. Yes, he's a human being but he's no ordinary human being. He's a human being with the Spirit of God inside of him. He's a Son of man.

In The Old Testament anyone who was called out or "hand-picked" by God for a special purpose was referred to as a prophet. Priests came from a certain lineage and hence were born into that role. Also, all the kings were not necessarily chosen by God. However, all the real prophets were anointed by God. Hence, it was a blanket title. Kings had the natural authority on the earth but prophets had the spiritual authority. When they spoke, God spoke. In The New Testament, the five-fold ministry gifts (Apostle, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers and Evangelists) operate on the same level as the Old Testament prophets because they have the same anointing. However, had they existed in The Old Testament they would also be referred to as prophets.

Definition #3 - "Son of man" - Pre-Incarnate Jesus

Daniel 7:13-14(KJV) - I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Though it's translated the same as all the other occurrences, this expression is obviously different. First, take notice of the capitalization of the word "Son". The word "Son" also comes from a different Hebrew word. In this case, the word for son is "bar" referring to not just any descendent but the chosen son or "heir (apparent to the throne)". It's obvious from reading this scripture who the "Son of man" is here. Nobody else but Jesus has been given the authority by The Father to rule all of creation. Hence, Jesus is more than just a typical descendent of a human being so the Hebrew word used here demonstrates that. Yes, Jesus was a man when He walked the earth but He was no ordinary man. He was the Heavenly Man. He was the Son who was born to be King! Now He's on His throne in heaven where He's supposed to be and soon He's returning to earth to establish His Kingdom right here.

The New Testament

Definition #4 -"Son of man" - Jesus

Matthew 8:20(KJV) - And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

The phrase "Son of man" occurs in the New Testament 88 times and 83 of those occurrences are direct quotations from Jesus referring to Himself while the other 5 occurrences also refer to Jesus. The Greek root words translated into "Son" was "huios" which means "descendent or kin" and "man" was "anthropos" which means human being. Therefore, when Jesus spoke of Himself using the reference Son of man He wanted to emphasize His humanity. By using the expression He reminded the world that though He was God, He came to earth and dwelt among men. It was a demonstration of His humility. However, during one conversation, by the inspiration of The Holy Spirit, Simon Peter called Him out.

Matthew 16:13-20(KJV) - When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

In this passage, Jesus asked His disciples if people knew who the Son of man really was. By their account, people thought Jesus was a Son of man similar to the "called out" ones like the Old Testament prophets. They knew He was special but they only saw Him as a special human being. However, The Holy Spirit spoke through Simon Peter and He was able to identify the "Son of man" as The Son of God. Therefore, in this passage we can see the dual nature of Jesus the Christ. He was more than just a special man. He was completely human yet completely divine. He was the "Son of man" by His own admission but the "Son of God" by the declaration of The Holy Ghost.

Conclusion - Who Is This Son of Man?

John 12:32-41(KJV) - And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die. The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

Who is this Son of man? Can you see why they asked that question? Look at the reference again. They were taught that the Messiah would live forever but Jesus told them that He was going to die. Who is this Son of man? How could He be eternal yet die? How could He be God yet man? God can't die. Man can't be immortal. How could He be both? They could not understand it. There eyes were blinded. There hearts were hardened. They missed out. How can the mortal and immortal, natural and divine, human flesh and Spirit of God exist in one person? The answer is simple. It just does and His name is Jesus. Any more questions?

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After The Resurrection - Welcome Holy Spirit

Sermon Date - Sunday, April 20th, 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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