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Edmund C. Brown is an apostle and prophet of the Lord Jesus.  He is a much-sought-after conference speaker, with books, CDs, audiotapes, and DVD/videotapes in worldwide distribution. Many of his works, including Kingdom Come ~ Understanding the Function of the Fivefold Ministry, God's Free Gift ~ Welcome to the Family of God and So You Call Yourself Blessed ~ Kingdom Economics God's Way have been added to the curricula of several youth ministries and faith based schools of higher learning across the United States.

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Seriously...What's Wrong With You?

Posted on June 10, 2016 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (337)

As the Lord has begun to restore the apostolic ministry to the church I have noticed a tsunami of interest in this fivefold ministry gift.  Sadly, with as much curiousity surrounding the topic, you find too many that just go with what they imagine the purpose of the office instead of studying to really identify biblically what the purpose is.  There are so many who have their own ideas.  If you start a church, does this make you an apostle? If you go into the mission field and do a work, does this make you an apostle?  Does having churches under you automatically makes you an apostle?  The answer simply put is this, No.  

The Word of the Lord in Ephesians 4:11-16 (KJV) specifies our origin and purpose in the fivefold;

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.


Being an apostle is much more than that. Being an apostle is not about the amount of works you have done, but more so who you are in Christ, as what He (the Father) has called and separated unto Himself to be.  It comes as a result of much death to the flesh and often only after being hidden away for many years. Yet when you think on the office of apostle, just as the office of the prophet, one may see it as a place of glamor and of fame.  Nothing could be farther from the truth!  In the New Testament, the apostle Paul knew what being an apostle was all about, and at no time did he ever boast about his ministerial travels, how many churches he had submitted under his leadership.  Nor do we ever see Paul ranting and carrying on about what people did to him.  In other words, as a leader and representative of this glorious Gospel in which we preach, we can not wear our feelings on our sleeves and lack maturity in areas such as social, mental, physical, financial, and especially spiritual  There must be growth.


If there is one principle that I hope you take with you today is that God is indeed calling forth His End Time Fivefold ministry gifts, namely His apostles, yet they are not being called because of their strengths and accomplishments.  These individuals are being separated unto the Father because of the content of their heart and willingness to stand in the fire.  That's the thing that amazes me the most about all of these people who have so blindly jumped into what they think is the apostolic.  They do so not understanding that it is literally an office associated with intense spiritual warfare as well as a character that is both bold and humble.  Seriously though, why would anyone willingly desire to enter into a battle that they haven't been prepared to win? If anyone just so happened to send themsevles into a battle without being called, prepared or properly trained losing is the unavoidable outcome. The calling of God upon someone's life is the initial guarantee of a favorable outcome.  


An apostle is born in obscurity, raised in the wilderness and trained in the fire. Yet as the time comes when he or she finally stands in office, only then do they truly understand the full price of His calling.  You cannot study to become an apostle. You cannot read books that will make you into an apostle.  You can not have a service that indoctrinates you as an apostle nor give an honorarium to someone to come an affirm you.  The apostleship, just as the other fivefold offices, is a calling that takes the working of the Holy Spirit to shape and to change you into His blueprint. The Lord will bring people across your path to help show you the way.  He will lead you to places where you can study and learn, but at the end of the day it is the Father that graces you into the operation and functionality of the gift as the Holy Spirit anoints you for service.


Let's look at the same scripture in Ephesians from the Amplified Bible's translation for clarity.

Ephesians 4:11-16 (AMP)

 

11 And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct], 12 [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; 13 until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity]. 14 So that we are no longer children [spiritually immature], tossed back and forth [like ships on a stormy sea] and carried about by every wind of [shifting] doctrine, by the cunning and trickery of [unscrupulous] men, by the deceitful scheming of people ready to do anything [for personal profit]. 15 But speaking the truth in love [in all things—both our speech and our lives expressing His truth], let us grow up in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head—Christ. 16 From Him the whole body [the church, in all its various parts], joined and knitted firmly together by what every joint supplies, when each part is working properly, causes the body to grow and mature, building itself up [a]in [unselfish] love.


So if you feel that you have an apostolic calling on your life, I want you to take it very seriously.  If you seek it because you want to be recognized and to wear the title, then you might as well give up now.  It is going to take more than that to make it through the fire. It will take a pure heart and a passion for the Lord.  I pray that you truly find your path and as the Lord sets His apostles in place, may the church arise as a city set on a hill, possessing the love and power to impact lives for His glory that causes all nations inquire about the very God we proclaim!

 

Romans 8:28-30 (AMP)

 

28 And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew [and loved and chose beforehand], He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son [and ultimately share in His complete sanctification], so that He would be the firstborn [the most beloved and honored] among many believers. 30 And those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified [declared free of the guilt of sin]; and those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity].


Back to the Altar

Posted on May 27, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (5)


One of our biggest mistakes in the church as a whole is that we have neglected our first resource that guarantees an immediate response from the Father.  That resourse is in fact the gift of prayer. Too often we underestimate the power of prayer.  I have noticed that the majority of us find ourselves too busy to pray due to things that we selfishly place before God and then when things in our agenda don't seem to go quite the way we plan, then we find time to say a little something toward God.  This way of thinking is absured and disrectful concerning the Father.

 


Never forget that the whole reason why Christ did what He selflessly came to do was to in reconnect mankind back to the Father, and by doing so simultaneously positioned His Glory upon us, as believers once again.  That's right!  It wasn't just so that we could stand boldly in our worship services and declare how good God has been and thank Him for life, health, and strength. It was so that we could have unhindered, constant communication with the Father by being positioned in right standing or having being made righteous through faith in Christ Jesus.  When you are praying according to God's will, your prayer is unstoppable.


The thing about it is that many people have a desire to know what God's will is?  Many Christians desire to do God's will, but struggle because they don't know what God's will is.  Quite frankly I believe it's hard to know what His will is if you never pick up His Word to read what He has both said and done concerning those whom He loves, which is all humanity.

 


According to Jeremiah 29:11, we clearly see that God not only has a will for us, but He has developed a plan with a favorable outcome for each and everyone of our lives.  We were created and fashioned by God, in His image, as well as designed for His purpose. It is clearly seen throughout scripture how God set apart several individuals for His purpose from birth including Isaiah (Isaiah 49:1), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:5) and Paul (Galatians 1:15) all for a specified purpose, He also has a specific plan for your life.  According to Romans 12:2 (AMP) And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be [a]transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. we know that God's will is good, pleasing and perfect

 


 

I believe that God's will primarily is to position us in right  relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.  “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4).  God wants us to be Christ's disciples. This means Christians must be committed to following God's will daily, whatever the cost.  “If anyone would come to me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).  The Word of the Lord helps us to know God's will. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105).  God promises to give us wisdom if we just ask Him in prayer, believing that He will give it.  Sometimes we need to just ask God to give us wisdom to discern His will. “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).  In Philippians 4:6, God tells us that we can pray about everything and through prayer the Holy Spirit gives us guidance.  “…when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:13a).


In prayer we should perceive what the Spirit says as instruction and not merely good advice.  This is especially important to remember when we seek Godly counsel.  Too many people are lead astray by the opinions and observations others divulge when we in fact Godly counsel is just that.  It is counsel that is rooted and based upon and from the Word of God.  Proverbs 12:15 (AMP) The way of the [arrogant] fool [who rejects God’s wisdom] is right in his own eyes, But a wise and prudent man is he who listens to counsel.  Proverbs 15:22 (AMP) Without consultation and wise advice, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they are established and succeed.


 

Prayer is one of the ways we release the will of God upon the earth. We must most assuredly study the Word of God in order to know the will of God. This is why prayer and the Word must be combined. We too often overlook the fact that the reason why many of our Biblical forerunners prayers we answered due to Divine alignment. In Daniel 9:2-3, Daniel was able to pray effectively because he knew the Word of God concerning His people.  Philippians 1:6 encourages us to not just pray but to pray with conviction and confidence.  Philippians 1:6 (AMP) I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].


There is a clarion call to all intercessors, prayer warriors, and believers alike to get back to the altar and begin to bombard the heavens with fervent, effectual prayer.  Prayer that births results and not just emotional responses.  It is time for us to understand that our battles our not won with our hands, but on our knees and therefore WE MUST PRAY.

I'm Taking You in a New Direction

Posted on May 21, 2016 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (4)

Key Scripture:  Isaiah 55:1-13


In Scripture we often read of those who trusted God even though it made no logical sense what so ever.  I believe that these individuals are examples of God's way being not only different than our own, but better in the grand scheme of things.  The beauty of adhereing to God's will through what He instructed them to do, even when they didn't quite understand, is that each time they obeyed and trusted, God's response was a tremendous victory.


There are so many examples in the Bible where Kingdom principles totally go against humanistic nature.  You don't necessarily have to be a deep theologian to find a specific principle.  Throughout both Old & New Testaments we find this Kingdom principles that always allow us to see the outcome of being a practioner of the principles.  In the Old Testament we find many of them in the book of wisdom, Proverbs, and throughout the ministries of both Christ and Paul we see these in operation with results.  One of my favorite references of faith is found in Genesis 22:2 dealing with Abraham and Isaac.


God didn't merely instruct Abraham to sacrifice his son.  God told Abraham, a faithful worshipper and servant, to kill his promise.  In life we too come face to face with giving up on something that we prayed years for.  Especially those things that we financially spend our life savings on or either risk losing popularity with our friends just to obey the voice of the Father.  Yet, we must remember Abraham's demeanor of faith.  Abraham trusted God and knew that the outcome would be a victorious one.  (Hebrews 11:19)


Even though Abraham did not understand God's plan, he trusted His way.  Abraham possessed full, unwaivering confidence that the Lord God would miraculously perform in a way that would once again flex His spiritual muscles for His glory.  


My question to you today is simply this.  Are you truly trusting God?  Is He an accessory to your life, or is He literally your life?  Growing up I use to hear the saints of old make statements of "first giving honor to God who is the head of my life," and that was good for back then.  I believe God is looking to be more than just the head of someone's life.  He wants to be your life.  There is a vast difference between fully trusting God and merely acknowledging Him.  Many people sadly run to God after exhausting all of their resources in an attempt to help God supply their need, never realizing that the plan and way of the Lord has all of our needs taken care of, even before we ask (2 Corinthians 9:8; Philippians 4:19; Matthew 6:8


One thing that I have come to understand about operating in the Kingdom through faith is that faith has to be excercised.  Just as some of us go to the gym to build muscle or stamina, I believe it's the same way in the spirit.  When we walk, our leg muscles are strengthened, our circulatory health even benefits as well as weight is lost.  The one sure thing that will happen when you exercise is that you will definately sweat.  


You may be sweating now, but remember that the amount of pressure you endure generally represents the magnitude of favor you are being prepared to walk in.  The more you exercise your faith, the stronger your faith muscles are becoming.  I'm excited about your futrue and please understand that everything is working for good.


Scipture References:


Psalm 23 (AMP)

1. The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want.  2 He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still and quiet waters. 3  He refreshes and restores my soul (life); He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me. 5  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil; My cup overflows. 6  Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the Lord.


1 Samuel 15:22 (KJV)

 

And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.



1 Corinthians 1:25 (KJV)

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.



1 Corinthians 3:18-19 (KJV)

18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.  19. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.


Better Days

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (50)

These are indeed "Better Days" especially or more specifically for the people of God. We are now in a prophetic climate where we must labor to enter into the rest of God (Hebrews 4:1-11)

 

Within the rest of the Lord you will find what I recognize as Uncommon Favor.  Please hear what the Spirit of the Living God is saying to His church.  Uncommon Favor for the people of God in this season is a state of being having been established as the new normal and not an isolated incident.  Through your lifestyle of prayer and consistent praise and adoration unto God for who He is you will witness the greatest outpouring of His presence upon your life than ever before.  


This will be a tangible manifestation of His glory.  Just as Moses experienced the transformative power of God in His presence, so shall the believer in this "Hour of Outpouring" witness God's favor.  Psalm 16:11 (KJV)  Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.  This is not a joy that can be faked and pretended.  This joy will be genuine and everlasting.


So begin to perceive that everything in your life that doesn't seem favorable is in all actuality working on your behalf.  Romans 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  That which has been working against you is ushering you closer to fulfilling the mandate of the Father upon your life.  You shall possess that which the Lord has released.  


Stay Focused and keep the faith to the finish line which is the manifested Kingdom of God.  Please read the following scripture references:

Psalm 137:1-9 (MSG)

1. By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion (remembered better days). 2. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. 3. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. 4. How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?  5. If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.  6. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.  7. Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.  8. O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.  9. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.


Haggai 2:3-9

3 Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?  4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts:  5 According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.  6 For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;  7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.  8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.  9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.


Job 8:2-7 (GNT)

 

2 Are you finally through with your windy speech? 3 God never twists justice; he never fails to do what is right.  4 Your children must have sinned against God, and so he punished them as they deserved. 5 But turn now and plead with Almighty God; 6 if you are so honest and pure, then God will come and help you and restore your household as your reward.  7 All the wealth you lost will be nothing compared with what God will give you then.



God's Got You Covered!

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (2)


God's Got You Covered!

In case you are tired of all the confusion and chaos in the world today here's some good news...Here Comes the Calvary!!!

One of the greatest things I love about our God is that He is no respecter of persons.  I know for a fact that since He vindicated me, He will undoubtedly vindicate you.  He (God) will in fact cause the enemy to put back what he stole from you (Proverbs 6:31)  Say that out loud with the authority of the Father within you now..."PUT IT BACK!!!"


My desire for every believer is to come to the knowledge that God has placed His creative power within us, and that power must be released.  It's a sad truth that the reason why some things are the way they are in the world today is because the church has adopted a false sense of reality which says nothing we do will matter much so why try.  That my friends is a total lie.  I believe that because our Father is all-powerful, all-mighty, all-knowing, all-wise and all-sufficient that we have no exuse for not operating in that same power here in the earth.  Just as a police force approaches a door to which an unknown subject may be behind, we too have back up.  Before making a move of any sort, the lead officer informs the others that they are about to proceed and approach, but they do so by communicating their trust in their fellow officers by utilizing a powerful statement.  That statement is "Cover Me."


I want you to know that our relationship with the Father is the same way, but just one minor detail is different.  With God as our reinforcement, He is not behind us, but He's already been inside and disarmed the perpetrator. (Isaiah 45:2; Colossians 2:15)  So I challenge you right now to release the authority God has entrusted within you.  Instead of complaining day and night about what the enemy has done in your life, or what President Obama, Hillary, Bernie or even Donald Trump aren't doing politically, submit yourself to the remedy of the Kingdom for answered prayer.  This remedy is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 where it states,  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.


Once we submit ourselves to the remedy for Kingdom results concerning our prayers, then we must position ourselves day and night for God's Will (not your opinion, not your feelings, not what you selfishly desire) to be manifest.  Are you desparate enough for God's love and plan in your life that you'll persist day and night in a stance of prayer until you see Him move?  Luke 18:7-8 (KJV) 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Do you believe that God is about to move on behalf of His own in this season?  Is anything too hard for God? (Jeremiah 32:26-27).  Certainly not!


In prayer the other morning I had a vision of many of you being vexed in your spiritual walk and what our defeated enemy has stolen from you consequently has caused you to be dishearted, but what I am absolutely confident of is that our God is greater, strong and wiser in all things.  He will assuredly vindicate you, His child in which He loves so dearly.  You can be certain that Gods love and vindicating power is warring on your behalf right now.  Just FYI...You Shall Win!


Scripture References:

Ezekiel 12:28 (AMP)

 

Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “None of My words will be delayed any longer. Whatever word I speak will be fulfilled completely,”’” says the Lord God.





What's In Your Mouth?

Posted on May 15, 2016 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (1)

I often find myself in counseling sessions with people having to inform them that if there is a cycle that is in operation in their lives that it is probably linked to what they have been saying.

Too many times we find ourselves pointing the finger at those in our lives who have repeatedly and carelessly abused us, and we focus so much on what "they" said.  Whether it was through them utilizing verbal lashes that cut deep into our selfesteem, or the repeatitive inability to support you, it's easy to recall the negative often times more than the good.

In dealing with the prophetic ministry, I always remind those in reception of the prophetic Word of the Lord that it is as equally important that you as the receipient began to rehearse what was spoken over your life by repeating it until it gets embedded within your spirit.  Let's face it, the words we speak have power.

Let us not forget that we are created in His image and in His likeness (Genesis 1:27 - So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.) and what that means is simply this.  We are creative beings, having creative power through the method in which our creator formed all things.  That method is through simply speaking.  In the first chapter of Genesis we literally see that creative power at work, and with instantaneous results.  Genesis 1 possesses an undeniable account of how the very words that come out of our mouth have the ability to frame our destiny.  We see over and over again in verses 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 20, 24 and 26 in Genesis 1 how "God said" and "God called" as well as the outcome which was exactly what He spoke.

The issue is that when we confess something out of our mouths that did not come from the Father, we in turn give it power and rite to operate in our lives.  There is a principal in our culture as believers called the law of confession which ties all of this together.  In Greek, the term confess is translated from the word ὁμολογέω (homologeó;) which means to speak the same, to agree or  speak to or voice the same conclusion.  It means to profess full agreement and to align with endorsement.  In essense to literally say what has been said.

So with all that being said... What's in your mouth?


Are you speaking over your life things that edify your destiny and purpose.  Things that promote the prosperous life Christ established through His life, death, burrial and resuurection?  Are you speaking protecction over your children and loved ones?  Are you speaking healing over yourself and those that are faced with sickness?


If not, that just might be the reason why things in your life are the way they are.  Are you ready for a different result?  Then change what's in your mouth!


Shalom



It's Not Enough to go to Church!

Posted on May 14, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Over the past 26 years in ministry I have heard every excuse imaginable of both why people feel as though Sunday morning worship is enough for them as well as the out right proclaimation of them attending church so much as a child that God knows their heart and as given them an excused absence.  Even recently while conducting a youth bible study the questions resurfaced from this current generation.  Those young impressionable souls asked, "Do you need to go to church in order to be saved, and go to heaven?'  "Is it a sin to not attend church?"  "Will God accept a doctor's note for missing a few Sundays?"


These are all wonderful questions that those of us that classify ourselves as Believers on the Lord Jesus Christ sometimes have, with the exception of the last one.  That was pure genius, but I will attempt to address all of these questions here.


It would be foolish to act as though we don't have some who prefer not to attend church at all.  There can be wide range of "reasons" for that: They work, they can’t afford the gas, can't find a baby sitter, they don’t feel comfortable with their wardrobe, they have some sort of disability, and the list of "reasons" go on and on.  However, some may have had bad experiences in the past, such as experiencing hypocritical people who are perfect, dealing with “fake Christians” who may have led you to have a negative outlook on the church, money hungry preachers, or even the horrible choir singing. 


Either way you look at it...all of these "reasons" are no more than self-centered excuses.  I say self centered because each carnally based excuse is all about the self-preservation of one's self.  Ironically enough it's not as though the great decision you've made thus far in your life has gained you any real peace, but I digress.


I had to point out all of the "reasons" that some prefer not to go to church in order for me to address the undenible fact that those who believe that Sunday worship is enough, sadly possess the same reasoning.  Just think about it.  That literally means you are possibly one decision away from never stepping into the house of God again, and it all looks like it makes sense.  


To answer the questions at hand:

Our salvation isn’t something we earn by going to church, which would be considered scripturally as works.  The truth of it all is that we will never be able to do anything that could possiblly gain us righteousness.  Good deeds don't get us into heaven any more than a preacher delievering our eulogy could.  It is the finished work of Christ on the cross that purchased our salvation.  We are indeed saved by God’s grace and when we place our faith in Jesus Christ that same grace is applied to every area of our lives.

 

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

 

In essence, you will not lose your salvation by avoiding church.  You cannot earn your salvation by attending church.  It is however possible for you to live your life in total anguish and disppair by separating yourself those who may have overcome the things you may be dealing with as according to Revelation 12:11  One of the most hilarious truths about church attendance is like what one person said: “Going to church won’t make you a Christian any more that being in a garage makes you a car.”  As believers we have to remember that WE ARE THE CHURCH.  In 1 Corinthians 6:19 (AMP) the Word of God declares... Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift] from God, and that you are not your own [property]?  It saddens me to see so many Christians not having an understanding that being the "Church" means more than just church attendance.  It means that we are representatives of the love of God in the earth and that love is represented through His standard which is the Word of God.  


So, missing church is not a sin, but I believe the out-right refusal to assemble as the Father has desired us to with like-minded believers is sin.  We live in an ever declining culture where the concept of sin has become watered down through carnal legalistic arguments over right and wrong.  The truth is that sin, as defined in the original translations of the Bible, means "to miss the mark." The mark, is the standard of perfection established by God and distributed by Christ Jesus.  If we are to uphold that standard of perfection by assembling ourselves as Hebrews 10:25 KJV states; Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.. then we must do more than just go to church on Sunday. 


I am not saying that you are supposed to be in church 24 hrs / 7 days a week, but I am pointing out that the majority of our time is spent doing things that don't even edify our spiritual walk with the Lord.  Just as sick individuals seek a physician for healing at the hospital, a felon seeks an attorney to represent them in court, as believers we have a designated place of assembly as well.  That designated place of assembly is not the club, ABC store, crack-house or any carnally centered social gathering spot, that place is the house of God.  Yet, each day of our lives we should more and more desire to find ourselves in the presence of the Father.  Whether its spending time in prayer, reading the Word of singing songs that both glorify Him and edify your spirit man, our life should be a model for all unbelievers to aspire to have.


Now unfortunately, bad things have happened in churches.  Nevertheless, the Word of the Lord is crystal clear concerning the Father's expectations as it relates to Christians gathering for fellowship.  Always remember to seek the Father concerning which direction you should go and what God Himself says about it in His word.  After all, who really cares what people think? Shouldn’t we care what God thinks more than anything?


Scripture References:

Matthew 10:15 - Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

 

John 12:48 - The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.

 

Acts 2:42 - And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

 

Romans 13:12 - The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

 

1 Corinthians 3:13 - each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.

 

Hebrews 3:13 - But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

 

Hebrews 10:37 - For, "Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay;

Toxic Love...

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (3)

Everyone has a desire to be loved,yet not everyone's perception of love is genuine and sincere.  The problem I see too often is that many are suffering from an identity crisis and trust me, when someone doesn't know who they are, the outcome can be destructive.  When you don't know who you are and live your life through the opinions of others and feelings you have in the moment your life is compared to that of a puppet.  Just imagine living your entire life having someone else pulling the strings, having no control whatsoever concerning you.


The truth of the matter is that when one does not possess their own identity and begin to develop relationships with others, those connections are not only a lie, but the individual themselves are considered as being toxic.  Toxic is defined as poisonous as well as a debt that has a high risk of default. 


Lately I have heard people overly use the phrase "walk in your truth."  This phrase is not only wrong for a believer to profess, but it is also an anti-Christian statement that goes against one's willingness to walk in humbled submission to the Father.  If you purchased something from a store that came with instructions and a warranty, if something were to go wrong with it, you are encouraged to return it to the manufacture so that they can fix it or you are instructed to refer to the owners manuel which may show you how to solve the issue.


As a believer we are to never attempt to fix life's problems or ourselves without refering to the owners manuel, which is the Word of the Lord.  The greatest thing I have learned concerning this thing we call life is when I realized that the owner's manuel belongs to God.  In John 14:6 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me... The only truth we should walk in is Christ Jesus.


Ultimately, when we develop relationships with people outside of our relationship with the Lord it is a sign of toxic love.  When one has a sincere and pure relationship with the Lord, that love is evident because there will constantly be peace and growth in the things of Godly maturation and purpose.  People that have no idea of who they are never want others around them to walk in the light of Christ.  They never want their "so-called" friends to acheive anything great for themselves because it means they had no hand in it.  Those that possess toxic love always remind you of your past mistakes and never allow you the opportunity to walk in the freedom from those mistakes.


It is my prayer that everyone will come to know the power that is only found in the love of the Father through Christ Jesus so that the love that is displayed in the earth will literally look past the faults and mistakes others have done and embrace them with open arms, forgiveness and restoration concerning the righteousness of God.


1 Peter 4:5-11

 5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. 6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. 7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity (love) amound youselves: for charity (love) shall cover the multitude of sins. 9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.


If you sincerely have experienced the love of the Father through His Son, Christ Jesus, that love should be contagious and not toxic. 

 

 



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