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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

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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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The Body Church - The Language of The Spirit

Sermon Date - Sunday, April 13th, 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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The Body Church - Building Your Spirit Man

Sermon Date - Sunday, April 6th, 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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The Body Church - Building The Whole Man

Sermon Date - Sunday, March 30th, 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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The Body Church - Activate The Word (Pastor Angel)

Sermon Date - Sunday, March 23rd, 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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God Supplies Emergency Funding

God Supplies Emergency Funding

Today's blog is Part 13 in this blog series on Kingdom Economics. For Part 12 - "God Gives Business Classes" click here.

GOD SUPPLIES EMERGENCY FUNDING

Matthew 17:27(NLT) - However, we don't want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us."

What business doesn't occasionally need emergency funding? Unexpected costs do present themselves from time to time. Yet, God knows how to provide exactly what you need immediately to avert a major crisis. In Matthew 17:24, when the tax collectors accused Jesus of not paying His taxes, Peter defended Him claiming that He does. There was just one minor issue. They didn't have the money to pay it at that moment.

That was no problem for Jesus, though. He told Peter to use his marketable skill of fishing to solve their economic challenge. In the same way, God can help you find money in a financial emergency as quickly as necessary. I've been in dire need of quick cash before and I called out to The Lord for help. He then gave me innovative ideas that today still cause me to marvel. He did it for me so He can also do it for you.

Meditate on Matthew 17:24-27, Proverbs 3:5-7

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