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Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord . . .


 

 

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The Rewards of Humility

By Greg Laurie

 

 

           

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“I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

—Luke 18:14

 

 

 

The great evangelist Dwight L. Moody said, “I have had more trouble with D. L. Moody than with any other man who has crossed my path. If I can keep him right, I don’t have any trouble with other people.”

 

We love to blame things on other people when, in reality, the problem lies with us. We can point fingers and complain about this person doing that thing and that person doing another thing. But the truth is that our own hearts aren’t right.

 

It’s no different than Adam and Eve shifting blame in the Garden of Eden. Adam said, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then Eve said, “The serpent deceived me . . . . That’s why I ate it” (Genesis 3:12–13 NLT).

 

All too often we blame other people or our circumstances rather than admit that we’re responsible for what we do.

 

Jesus told a parable about two men who went into the temple to pray. One was a sinner, and the other was a Pharisee. The sinner would not even lift his eyes to Heaven. Instead, he said, “O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner” (Luke 18:13 NLT). This guy was bad, and he knew it.

 

Meanwhile, the Bible says, “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican” (verse 11 KJV).

 

Jesus said, “I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (verse 14 NLT).

 

The one who admitted his sin, the one who owned it, is the one who went home justified before God.

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"Heroes of Holiness - Are You Ready to Get Radical?"

By Robert Hotchkin

 

 

 

As we've move into the new era this New Year, God is inviting His people into something that He's been very intentionally leading up to for more than two decades.

 

For well over 20 years now, God has been pouring out a revelation of His Father's heart along with the tangible reality of His certain love. This has been one of the main messages and manifestations of charismatic Christianity since Heaven invaded the earth through the Toronto outpouring in early 1994.

 

It has led to a profound revelation of how radically loved and totally accepted we are in the Beloved (see Ephesians 1:6), as well as an epoch of miracles, signs and wonders as we press into and worship the One who loves us so. Bodies have been healed. Souls have been restored. Angelic feathers and heavenly gemstones have appeared. The dead have been raised. Revivals have broken out. It's been glorious.

 

It has also been building up to something that is strong on God's heart. Something that He is inviting you and all of His people into right now.

 

What God Has Been Up To

 

The heavenly agenda of these past 20 years goes well beyond our realizing how completely loved and accepted we are in Christ. God's desire has been that with this realization, the lies and burdens of religious performance would be torn down so that we can more fully and powerfully step into the reason that we are here.

 

Have you ever wondered why we don't go straight to Heaven as soon as we get saved? The answer is right there in Genesis 1:26-28.

 

Since day six, God's plan has been to have a people in relationship with Him, who operate as His agents of impact in the earth, stewarding creation on His behalf and to His glory. One of the main ways we do this is to realize that we are made in His image (see Genesis 1:26) – choosing to operate in His character and nature; choosing to be holy, for He is holy (see Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8), and not trying to be righteous to earn favor, blessing or relationship from Him. That's the doomed "performance-pressure" and the striving of religious self-righteousness.

 

God desires for us to realize that through the Love-Gift of His Son, He has made us holy as He is holy; not only so that we can be restored to relationship with Him, but from within that relationship, we can be champions of righteousness on His behalf – Heroes of Holiness who positively impact all of creation with every righteous decision we make.

 

You Are So Much More Powerful Than You Realize

 

We are so much more powerful than we think. We see the proof of all this in Romans 5:18-19 (NLT):

 

"Yes, Adam's one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ's one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous."

 

When Adam chose to disobey, it was not just him who was made unrighteous. It allowed unrighteousness to enter the earth and affect all. When Jesus chose to obey, it was not Him who was made righteous (He already was), it made righteousness available to all. Decisions made by those in relationship with God in the earth impact all of creation. You have the ability to operate in heroic holiness and make a real difference in the world every time you choose to embrace the power and potential of your righteousness in Christ.

 

The choices you make ripple throughout all creation. Your decisions not only affect your life, they affect the whole wide world. Choose sin and darkness, and sin and darkness will enter the world. But, and this is a HUGE BUT, choose to operate in the heroic holiness of who you truly are in Christ, and righteousness will ripple throughout the earth.

 

Choose love, peace, joy, generosity, fidelity, integrity, patience, faithfulness, mercy, kindness and forgiveness and they will be released out into all the world.

 

Transformed by Jesus

 

In John 8:1-11, we read the story of the woman who was caught in adultery. When this sinner encounters Jesus she is transformed. Not only because she is set free from the power of sin by the mercy of the Messiah, but also because she is launched into a revelation of her true identity in Christ that will continually transform her life as well as impact all of creation. This is why Jesus tells her, "Go and sin no more" (John 8:11b NKJV). He is not saying, "Sin no more so you will be forgiven." He already forgave her earlier in verse 11 when He declared that He would not condemn her.

 

When He invites her to "sin no more," He is inviting her into a ministry of heroic holiness; not to earn mercy, forgiveness, favor or blessing – she already has all of that in her born-again relationship with her Savior (see Ephesians 1:3, 2 Peter 1:3) – but to propel her into what has been God's plan for her since day six – to operate as one of His "Dominion Stewards" in the earth, who shatters darkness by choosing to arise and shine as a Hero of Holiness!

 

Our True Born-Again Nature

 

Look at 1 Peter 1:15-16:

 

"But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, 'Be holy, for I am holy.'"

 

If we do not understand who God really is and what He is really like, we could easily misconstrue this passage of Scripture in 1 Peter. It is not a command to perform for acceptance. It is an invitation to step into our true, born-again identity of being made in God's image, and being about our Father's business in the earth at a level of effectiveness and impact we have yet to even come close to fully realizing or understanding.

 

As New Testament Believers, 1 Peter 1:15-16, and the Scriptures in Leviticus it echoes back to, are not some religious, quid-pro-quo burden of performance God is laying upon us while saying, "Hey, jump through My rule-hoops or I will smite thee!" No.

 

This is God reminding us who we really are in Him. This is God inviting us to step into our true, born-again character and nature. This is God helping us to a global ministry of radical impact in the earth through the decisions we make with our free will to look and sound and act just like our Father, in whose image we are made. This is how we co-labor with Him as His dominion stewards in the earth!

 

Keep My Commands

 

We are in a John 14:15 hour. God is reminding us that if we love Him we will keep His commands. This is not a demand to prove devotion, or a stipulation to earn favor and blessing. This is God helping us step into who we truly are and long to be. This is an opportunity for fulfillment of purpose, potential and identity at a level we barely comprehend.

 

For 20+ years, God has been going out of His way to help us see and know and feel that we are totally and completely loved by Him (see John 3:16). Loving God is not a way to get His love, it is the natural response to the certainty of His love (see 1 John 4:19). Obeying His commands is not an offering or sacrifice for relationship, it is an embracing of powerful identity and purpose within that relationship.

 

Heroes of Holiness Will Arise!

 

A company of righteous radicals is arising. These Heroes of Holiness truly know who they are in Christ. They know how loved they are. They know in whose image they are made. They know all of creation has been longing for them to walk in the power, purpose and passion of their true identity.

 

These Heroes of Holiness are waking up to the incredible power they have to impact the world through the decisions they make. They know that when they choose to operate in righteousness, patience, honor, unity, mercy, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, forgiveness, love, peace, joy, gentleness, self-control – when they choose to be who they truly are in Christ – these divine attributes ripple throughout all creation.

 

The Kingdom comes. His will is done. Light shatters darkness. Territory is taken. Powers and principalities are torn down. Not with carnal weapons or natural strength, but with weapons that are mighty in God (see 2 Corinthians 10:4), wielded by the Heroes of Holiness who are powerfully aware of who they truly are.

 

Do you want to be one of His Heroes of Holiness? Tell Him today. Take a Joshua 3:5 moment and consecrate yourself anew, declaring that by His grace and through the leading of His Spirit you will walk in greater and greater fulfillment of who you truly are in Christ. He will work wonders in your midst!

 

By Robert Hotchkin

Men on the Frontlines | Robert Hotchkin Ministries

Email: robert@menonthefrontlines.com

Website: www.RobertHotchkin.com 

 

 

 

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Albany, OR 97321

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"It's Time to Collide with Your Destiny!"

By Westley Roderick

 

 

The Beautiful Collision

 

In June 2018, I had an encounter where I saw an explosion take place right outside of the earth's atmosphere. I asked the Lord what I was seeing, to which He replied that it was the collision of Kairos time and Chronos time; the collision of God's divine time and the steps of man. He said that a "cataclysmic collision" would be the technical term.

 

At that time I was not exactly aware of what a cataclysmic collision was. Once I researched it, I learned it was the collision of 2 stars, and when they collided they create this magnetic pull around them, also creating precious metals and gemstones.

 

Fast forward a few months – from June 2018 to late fall of 2018. The Lord began to speak to me about how 2019 would be full of tension. The imagery was an ocean of God's people with frustration on their faces, not being able to move forward or backward but experiencing this tension of being finely adjusted into a specific position.

 

This is the conversation that took place:

 

The Lord said, "I am placing people in position with precision for a beautiful collision."

 

"What is a beautiful collision?" I asked.

 

"My people are being positioned and it is so important that they are in the exact spot so that they can collide with destiny," He so graciously explained.

 

So many people have been able to discern that change and transition are on the horizon, and there comes this angst of trying to prepare for it, but in this matter, being still is the greatest preparation we can take. When being fastened to a specific place, it is natural for us to want to break free. However, in this moment, there is no need. This is the Lord.

 

Continuously, over the course of 2019, the Lord comforted me with His words: "You are not missing anything or missing out on anything. There will be no suddenly to catch you up for you will have all that is needed."

 

As we entered 2019, a ministry partner reached out to me with an interesting news article in response to the word I released earlier in 2018, regarding the cataclysmic collision. It was about how a collision of asteroids had taken place just outside the earth's atmosphere.

 

"God's splendor is a tale that is told; His testament is written in the stars. Space itself speaks His story every day through the marvels of the heavens. His truth is on tour in the starry vault of the sky, showing His skill in creation's craftsmanship.

 

"Each day gushes out its message to the next, night with night whispering its knowledge to all. Without a sound, without a word, without a voice being heard. Yet, all the world can see its story. Everywhere its gospel is clearly read so all may know." (Psalm 19:1-4 TPT)

 

The Reconciliation of Time

 

In late summer of this year, the Lord showed me that there was going to be a merging of three time lines. He referred to this merger as "Future-Past," as He is reconciling the time line behind humanity with the time line in front of humanity, and it is colliding with us in this very moment. He is merging the past, the present, and the future.

 

One of the moments that best illustrates the relevance of this message from the Lord, regarding time, is the miracle in John 2 as Jesus turns water into wine.

 

Initially, after Jesus' mother approached Him, He insisted that it was not yet time for Him to be doing such things. However, that is not how it ended. Within a breaths time, the present was the future, and Jesus was doing what it was said He would do. It was the merging of time to bring about reconciliation of all things.

 

It's interesting that milliseconds prior to what would be publicized as a journey of the miraculous, Jesus says that it is not time, but then all of a sudden, it is! What was done in the past brought Jesus' mother to the understanding that He could do something about their situation. All of a sudden we see the "was, is, and is to come" together in that moment. The past was making sense.

 

"...When Mary realized it, she came to Him and asked, 'They have no wine, can't You do something about it?' Jesus replied, 'My dear one, don't you understand that if I do this, it won't change anything for you, but it will change everything for Me! My hour of unveiling My power has not yet come.'

 

"Mary then went to the servers and told them, 'Whatever Jesus tells you, make sure that you do it!'

 

"Now there were six stone water pots standing nearby. They were meant to be used for the Jewish washing rituals. Each one held about 20 gallons or more. Jesus came to the servers and told them, 'Fill the pots with water, right up to the very brim.' Then He said, 'Now fill your pitchers and take them to the master of ceremonies.'" (John 2:3-8)

 

Hindsight Is 2020

 

Over the last 5 to 7 years, we as a Church, and as individuals, have endured many things, and have questions to go with those events.

 

The Lord shared with me that this coming year will bring much understanding to His people regarding the events that occurred over the last 5 to 7 years. Whether it was hardship or a time of celebration, it served a greater purpose in the very moment that it existed. He told me that hindsight is 2020, and that it will all make sense, and that what is and what was has been preparation for what is to come. Nothing was in vain.

 

A verse that the Lord keeps highlighting to me for 2020 is Luke 17:32: "Don't forget the example of Lot's wife and what happened to her when she turned back."

 

While it is tempting to want to look back, it is imperative that we do not, but instead, like Paul, we keep our eyes on the prize, which is Him and the reward we have in Him.

 

There is a reason why what is behind is behind you and that the Lord has moved you from that place and those people. If what was there was meant to be with you, it would be with you, so keep looking and moving forward.

 

By Westley Roderick

Director of the School of Supernatural Ministry

Email: info@sunnydwes.com

Website: www.sunnydwes.com

 

ElijahList Publications

528 Ellsworth St. SW

Albany, OR 97321

www.elijahlist.com

email: info@elijahlist.net

Phone 1-541-926-3250

 

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