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Unleashing God's WILL-POWER

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Welcome back to our latest blog series on God's Will-Power. We've studied God's Will and we've studied God's power but two days ago God started talking to me about the combination of the two in His Will-Power. If you were here yesterday you would know that this is a continuation from yesterday's blog; "The Will-Power of God". The point that God's been stressing is that His power is tied to His Will so if He wants something to happen His power is available to make it happen. Armed with this knowledge, if we want to effectively and consistently walk in His power we must choose to walk in His Will.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11(NKJV) - There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

If you look carefully at our main scripture for today you will see some important facts about God's gifts. First, spiritual gifts are really the manifestation of The Holy Spirit. Second, when He gives a person a gift it's not just for the recipient but for the profit of everyone. Third, He gives out gifts according to His Will. What does that mean? If you have a gift of any sort it's because God wants you to have it. He gave you the gift for a reason and that's to benefit everyone else. Again, though He gave the gift to you, it's actually not just for you. Hence, every gift of God comes with a responsibility to use it so that others can profit from what God gave. You can't choose to sit on your gift because by doing so you rob the rest of us from benefitting from it.

Romans 11:29(KJV) - For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

The Bible also says in Romans 11:29 that God's gifts and His call on your life are without repentance. This means that once He gave them to you He won't take them back. There is no gift exchange in God's Kingdom. He distributes gifts and that's about it. However, as we saw earlier in the blog, even though you get to keep your gifts regardless of what you do with them you are expected to use them. Romans 11:29 also means that God's gifts and His call on your life go together.

So if God gave you a gift there are strings attached because He also called you to do something very specific with it. Therefore, God won't call you to do something you are not gifted to do and He won't gift you to do something He didn't call you to do. Simply put; God's gifts are given to people according to God's Will to empower them to do His Will or carry out His call for their lives. Now that we understand this, let's get to the bottom line. People run into problems when they use God's gifts for something other than His call on their lives. In other words, they try to separate God's gift from His call. Strangely, God doesn't just cut off the gift because it's without repentance.

He also doesn't always cut off the power behind the gift which is not necessarily a good thing for those involved. At least, if God cuts off the power behind your gift when you're not using it the way He wants you to, it will act as a wake up call. The frustration that comes from being ineffective should drive you to your knees. Sadly, if you are allowed to continue to operate in God's gifts with His power behind you when you're outside of His Will this is what eventually happens.

Matthew 7:21-23(KJV) - Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Look at that! Many people can prophesy, cast out devils and do many wonderful works but be outside of The Will of God. Unfortunately, this causes confusion during their time on the earth because they assume that as long as they can operate in God's power they are in proper standing with God. This is why God's been talking to me about cutting off the power for some people who get out of His Will. We can consider that to be His mercy. We rather it be obvious now that something's wrong than live in deception all the way to the judgment seat of Christ then get blindsided. Who wants to show up before God expecting rewards and end up receiving punishment?

In sum, God's cutting the power from those who are out of His Will and that's good news. If a man is not in God's Will he doesn't need to be operating by God's power anyway because that's dangerous. It's dangerous for the people who are doing the ministry because they could end up in hell and it's dangerous for the people receiving the ministry because you never know what you could be getting. It's time to unleash God's Will-Power! It's the dimension of His power that's only available when you do His Will.

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The Will-Power of God

The Will-Power of God

Luke 22:41-45(NKJV) - And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow.

Kneeling before The Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was at the end of His Will. It was time for Him to take the sin of the world upon His shoulders and carry it all the way to the cross. He knew it was His life's purpose to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29) but goodness, it would not be easy. To do something like that would take more than His willpower in His current state as a human being. Regardless of how motivated He was all along He couldn't just push through on His own when the moment of truth arrived. He needed supernatural help from His Father. As a result, He found a place to pray and plugged in through prayer into His power source.

In that moment what seemed too difficult or even impossible for Him to do as a man became possible again. So what was it that really happened that night between Jesus and The Father? What changed in the Garden of Gethsemane that enabled Jesus to boldly accept His call and go to the cross? There was a great exchange. Jesus exchanged His Will which could only bring Him so far and no further for The Will of His Father which would bring Him through to the end. He exchanged His willpower for His Father's WILL-POWER. In other words, Jesus didn't only agree to do something that He momentarily questioned but His agreement with His Father's Will unleashed the supernatural power He needed to get it done.

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John 9:31(NKJV) - Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.

Welcome to today's blog. I know this is not the traditional interpretation of what happened in The Garden of Gethsemane but yesterday The Lord blew this wide open. When you have a choice to do your will or God's Will what you are really choosing between is your willpower and God's WILL-POWER. In other words, when you do your will you will have to do it in your power because only your power can push your will forward. However, when you accept God's Will you also accept God's power because His power is always and only available to do His Will.

Therefore, whenever you are out of God's Will for your life, you are unplugged from God's power. Your prayers won't get answered because He's not hearing them. Even if you're doing something good, you will get very tired because if it's not God's Will you will be operating in your own strength. How much sense does that really make? Don't you see the value of being intentional to always remain in God's Will? I certainly hope so. God's WILL-POWER is available right now and for you to access it you need to get busy doing His Will. Therefore, the thought for today is a simple question. Are you doing God's Will or are you not? Think about it and return tomorrow as we dig deeper into this revelation.

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May 31, 2015 Posted by admin in The Body

There's Power In Your Testimony

There's Power In Your Testimony

Revelation 12:11(KJV) - And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Yesterday's service at The Body Church was special. Instead of our regular worship set we stopped after the first song to share testimonies. The song was called "Rescue" by Desperation Band and since rehearsal I could feel the presence of The Lord in the room as we went through the verses. Several of us took turns to testify about how God rescued us from bad situations.

I kicked it off with an account of how God rescued me from a bad situation in my career and delivered me to a fruitful place. I recounted how God spoke to me in a dream on the night of my birthday and told me to leave where I was and He instantly opened a door to something much better. It was such a blessing from God to hear others tell of God's goodness in their own lives.

2 Timothy 1:8a(NKJV) - Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord....

There's power in your testimony. Don't be ashamed to testify about what God has done. Don't be ashamed of what you've been through. Your testimony is not about how bad your situation was but about how God good is for bringing you through it. As a result, when you think of it that way, there's nothing about God's goodness that should bring you any shame. There are people out there who need to hear about your victory in order for them to defeat the enemy in their own lives.

Sometimes, there's nothing more powerful that you can share with someone who's going through a tough season than your personal testimony. Why? Sometimes, people need to know that the stuff we read in The Bible and teach in church actually worked for you. It's easy to talk about how God did amazing things for Bible characters but it's a whole different level when you saw God do something in your own life. My father always says that a man with experience will always trump a man with an argument. Which one do you have? Experience or an argument? If you have experienced God then share what you've experienced with someone.

Jeremiah 20:9(NKJV) - Then I said, "I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name." But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.

Stop holding your testimony hostage on the inside of your heart. Say something! Somebody needs to hear it.

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What Will It Take To Make You Happy?

What Will It Take To Make You Happy?

James 1:16-18(NKJV) - Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Everything that's good in your life came from God so it's safe to assume that if you bring His name up it should be to thank Him for the good that He's done. If you mention God at all it should be to give Him praise for His love and His goodwill. If the word, "God" enters your mouth it should only be to shower Him with compliments. It's really supposed to be that simple. God and good go together. If anything's good, it should be associated with God. It's like peanut butter and jelly; salt and pepper; bacon and eggs, shampoo and conditioner; shrimp and grits; fried foods and heart disease. They belong together. However, that's not always the case. Instead of giving God credit for what is good some people choose to blame Him for what is bad.

Some people will never be happy. In fact, some are discouraged and don't even know why. They don't need anything to be wrong for them to complain. They find things to complain about. Some poor people pray to be rich then when they're rich they complain about people asking them for money. Some single people pray to be married then when the marriage gets rough they wish they were single. Some regular people pray they were famous then when they get famous they wish they could enjoy a regular life again. Young people want to grow up. Older people wish they were young again. Some unemployed people pray for a job then when they get one, they wish they could get their time back. Some people go so far as to blame God for their situation even when they were the ones who asked God to do what He did for them. Does any of that sound familiar?

Numbers 14:26-30(NLT) - Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "How long must I put up with this wicked community and its complaints about me? Yes, I have heard the complaints the Israelites are making against me. Now tell them this: 'As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say. You will all drop dead in this wilderness! Because you complained against me, every one of you who is twenty years old or older and was included in the registration will die. You will not enter and occupy the land I swore to give you. The only exceptions will be Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.

You guessed it. That's the story of The Children of Israel. They prayed for God to get them out of Egypt then from the moment they were set free, they complained about everything. They complained when they were thirsty then they complained when God provided water. They complained when they were hungry then they complained about the manna God provided. They complained about Moses having exclusive access to God then they complained about the harshness of God's presence at the mountain. They complained and complained until God had enough of it. God reneged on His promise to take them into The Promised Land and they just dropped dead in The Wilderness. Let's now fast forward to modern times.

Malachi 3:13(NLT) - "You have said terrible things about me," says the Lord. "But you say, 'What do you mean? What have we said against you?'

The story goes something like this; As a teenager some folks say, "When I become an adult I'll be happy because I'll have the freedom to do whatever I want to do." Then as an adult they say, "It's hard out here on my own. I wish I could be carefree like I used to be when I lived with my parents. I wish they would help me more with these bills." Then once they get a hold of the bills they say, "Well, my money is looking a lot better these days but adulthood is not all it's cracked up to be because I'm single. When I start dating I'll be happy because then I won't be so lonely anymore." Then when they're dating they say, "My goodness, I wish we would just get married already? Are we going to keep dating forever? Hmmph!"

Once married they say, "I miss the days when we were dating. It was much more romantic. We were so excited to be together but now it's just like we're friends living in the same house. It feels more like running a business then running a family." Then after a few years (months for some) they say, "Marriage is okay but it's a little boring with just my spouse and I. When we have kids I'll be happy because it will bring excitement back into our marriage." Then when they have kids they say, "When these kids grow up I'll be happy because we'll have our freedom back." Then when their kids grow up they say, "When they start having our grandchildren I'll be happy." Then once they have grandchildren they say, "Do these kids think we're babysitters? Why don't they raise their own kids and stop dropping them off over here? We raised our own already. It's their turn now." Then they die and they're still not happy!

Philippians 4:11-13(NLT) - Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Contentment is not a feeling. It is a decision. When you are content you make the decision to be happy with your life right where you are with what you have. That doesn't mean you don't strive to be better but it does mean that you have a posture of perpetual appreciation to God. You must wake up in the morning and thank God for what He's done for you and choose not to complain about what He has not done. Be thankful for the people you do have in your life and not complain about those you don't. Be thankful for the opportunities you do have instead of complaining about those you don't. Regardless of what's before you, thank God for being right by your side. As long as you have Christ, He will give you the strength to face anything that comes your way.

Psalms 42:11(NLT) - Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!

When David saw his countenance falling because of his situation, he took control of himself and chose to hope in God. It's easy to find something wrong with your life. On the other hand, it takes courage to take your attention off of what's wrong with you and put it all on what's right with God. When things are looking down, you have to lift your own head and look up to Him. You don't wait for your situation to change to give God some praise, you force yourself to praise Him in spite of your situation. You can't become a victim of your circumstances. Use them to fuel your resolve to praise God. At some point, you have to stop yourself from complaining and just thank God for who He is to you. What will it take to make you happy? Hopefully, the thought of God being on your side.

Hebrews 13:5-6(NKJV) - Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say: "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
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May 27, 2015 Posted by admin in Prayer

Worry Changes Nothing; Prayer Changes Everything!

Worry Changes Nothing; Prayer Changes Everything!

Today's blog is a continuation from yesterday's; "Don't Waste Today Worrying About Tomorrow!"

Philippians 4:6-7(NKJV) - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

In Matthew 6, Jesus made it clear that worrying is not an option for His children. Since that's perhaps the most natural response anyone can have in a hopeless situation, what then are we supposed to do? The Apostle Paul provided the perfect antidote to worry or anxiety and it's prayer, supplication and thanksgiving. In other words, your response in trouble should be threefold;

1) Prayer: Bring Your Situation Before God

Luke 18:1-8(NLT) - One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. "There was a judge in a certain city," he said, "who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, 'Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.' The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, 'I don't fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I'm going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!'" Then the Lord said, "Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don't you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?"

Jesus told this true story to His disciples to reinforce the importance of prayer. This widow was in a bad situation but instead of worrying about it, she went directly to the judge for a resolution. That's how He expects us to deal with our issues. If you have a problem don't complain about it, don't talk to people about it, don't worry about it. Go to The Lord in prayer and get Him involved.

2) Supplication: Ask Him for exactly what you want.

Matthew 7:7-8(NKJV) - "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Since God is Sovereign which means He can do whatever He chooses and God is omniscient which means He knows everything why do we need to pray? He'll do what He wants to do anyway and He already knows my situation. So why do we pray? It's simple. We pray because He said so! If you have a need, knock on the door of His heart and ask Him for His help. He wants to act in your favor but He wants to hear you ask Him to get involved.

3) Thanksgiving: Worship Him

John 9:31(NLT) - We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will.

In Philippians 4:6, the Greek word translated into "thanksgiving" can also be translated into "gratitude; as an act of worship." In other words, when you make a request known to God be sure to do it from a posture of worship. Why? The answer is in John 9:31. God hears those who worship Him and do His Will. In other words, if you want God to hear you when you pray be sure to worship Him.

Philippians 4:6-7(NKJV) - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

When you respond to every situation you face with prayer, supplication and thanksgiving what happens? God responds with supernatural peace. Pay close attention to that. It doesn't say He changes your situation immediately. It says He gives you peace right where you are. This type of peace passes all understanding. In other words, it's not always logical or natural for you to have peace in the midst of a situation that should cause you worry but that's what happens when you present it to The Lord. He will put up a wall of peace through Christ Jesus to protect your heart and mind from worry.

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May 25, 2015 Posted by admin in Dreams

Don't Waste Today Worrying About Tomorrow!

Don't Waste Today Worrying About Tomorrow

The blog is back. For a while I've been thinking about writing again but I finally sat down and made it happen. The Lord's been saying a whole lot since we started The Body Church and because we have the church, we just share it there. However, there are some things that He says during the week that are not necessarily just for our church family in Atlanta so instead of waiting for Sunday morning we'll just share it here. Consider this your invitation to join us on our journey with The Lord. Now that the pleasantries are over, onward with today's blog.

Matthew 6:34(NKJV) - Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

As I thought through what God wanted to share with us in this first blog He said, "Don't waste today worrying about tomorrow." Every day is precious and not one should be taken for granted. Many of us spend an inordinate amount of time and emotional energy looking ahead instead of making the most of what's right before our eyes. Some of us worry about the future and suffer from anxiety attacks over the "what ifs".

What if things don't work out in our marriage? What if I get fired from my job? What if the economy crashes? What if the oil price goes back up? What if I get sick and can't afford the treatment? What if we lose the house? What if nobody buys our product? What if nobody shows up to my event? What if I lose my investment? What if there's another terrorist attack? What if this happens tomorrow? What if that happens tomorrow? Jesus instructed us to never worry about tomorrow but deal with today's issues today then when tomorrow comes we can deal with with tomorrow's issues then.

Matthew 6:27-33(NKJV) - Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

So why did Jesus make such a big deal about worrying? Any thoughts? Look at Matthew 6:27 above and then think about it. Have you ever worried yourself out of a problem or has worry ever been the solution that led you out of a bad situation? Jesus instructed us not to worry because worrying makes nothing better and many times, only makes things worse. If you don't like a situation and you can do something about it, then do it. If you can't do anything about it put it in God's hands and trust that He would do something. Regardless, don't worry about it because that's a complete waste of your time and energy.

So if God doesn't want you to worry what does He expect you to do when you feel completely helpless? Find out tomorrow.

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Friendship With Jesus: Hear God's Secrets

Date - Sunday, May 17th, 2015

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

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The Body Church - Authentic Leadership

Date - Sunday, May 10th, 2015

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

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Be Like Jesus! Be Okay With Being Different!

Date - Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

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

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The Consummate Leader: Lead Like Salt and Light

Date - Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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

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