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Steps

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Then one of the servants answered and said, “Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the Lord is with him” (Samuel 16:18).
BEFORE David was positioned to minister to Saul, a position that proceeded his kingship, the bible said that David was (1) skillful in playing, (2) a mighty man of valor, (3) a man of war, (4) prudent in speech, and (5) a handsome person; AND (6) the LORD is with him.
Having the Holy Ghost or being spiritual is NOT always enough to set in motion the preparation of our destiny. We must also activate the talent’s God has already given us!
Jesus is positioning many of you for a “step” that will prepare you for your purpose but, you must first maximize the many gifts the LORD has already given you. For example, for someone your purpose may be a wife, a helpmate and maximize the talents of your husband as you both partner in business or ministry, but because you haven’t learned the art of humility, seek no business acumen, or haven’t developed patience or time management skills, it would be difficult for us to operate in such capacity with out developing certain skillsets. Maybe Jesus is calling you, like David, to operate in a leadership role but you have yet to develop an ability to speak publically, multitask or overcome adversity, therefore, such role would be almost impossible to succeed in at this time.
Receiving Christ or having a relationship with Jesus is just the beginning. To truly be positioned and groomed for purpose, we must FIRST develop a variety of virtues and skillsets. As the Lord leads you, start developing and strengthening your many gifts today! David had 6 gifts BEFORE walking into purpose!
“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask more” (Luke 12:48).

Prayer:  Dear Holy Spirit, given us the discipline to develop and utilize our gifts!

O LORD, I pray that this post brings forth clarity and assists in building Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, I pray.

me-new“Everyone has a divine purpose; my hope is through the Power of God, you walk boldly in yours!” ~ With Love, Minister Angela

Remember, God loves you! Trust Him!

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Unification

unify“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

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, 10 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. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills” (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). Amen.

For this post, our central focal point will be centered on 1 Corinthians 12:7, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”

The term “all” is Biblical Defined as: with the rest: together with; likewise; at the same time.”

What Apostle Paul is saying in this passage is that the gift whereby the Spirit manifest itself is given to each for the profit of the whole body. Notice the letter S is capitalized in the word Spirit, therefore, Paul is talking about the Spirit of God, not the things we do well, but Paul is talking about purpose.

Apostle Paul is addressing the Corinthian Church in this letter so more specifically, he is outlining the purpose of the saints regarding the advantage of the church.  Read how the English Standard Version simply translates verse 7:

“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for common good.”

This particular letter to the Corinthian Church, a letter of correction and discipline in which Paul addressed church issues: Division, Moral Negligence and lack of unity measured against the foundation of God’s love .

The city of Corinth was considered one of the most affluent cities in Greece serviced between two harbors, allowing goods to flow from Italy, Spain, Asia and Egypt thus creating an ethnically diverse population with a variety of religious influences.

In the City of Corinth at that time, there were at least 12 temples, serving all sorts of gods, as well as some Jews who were teaching that keeping the Old Testament Law could produce salvation. Which we know is incorrect, salvation only comes through faith in Jesus Christ, not through works –the law.

One of the most flourishing Temples, the goddess of love – a temple that employed over 1,000 male and female prostitutes. Immorality was so ingrained in the culture, unfortunately, the church in Corinth began to reflect the surrounding community. An issue that many of our Church communities continue to struggle with currently..  In fact, if we separated the ability to quote scriptures or sing hymns, and simply removed words like Jesus, God, Amen, hallelujah or Lord as well as similar Christian vernacular from the vocabulary of most believers measuring the baseline of a persons virtue: their behavior, their moral standards and their conduct, the resemblance between a believer and unbeliever would be almost identical for many.

If we measured Christianity as a whole against unbelievers, there would be an extremely thin contrast in the level of expressed love, the depth of abounding joy, or the outpouring of grace and humility…

If we measured Christianity as a whole against unbelievers, there would be an extremely thin contrast between the integrity between a saved soul and an unsaved soul.

If we measured Christianity as a whole against unbelievers, there would be an extremely thin contrast between the level of patience, discipline and long-suffering between someone who goes to church every Sunday and the Atheist who lacks the belief in the existence of God.

I will take it one step further… If we measured Christianity as a whole on social media against unbelievers on social media, there is a unsettling similarly between Christian’s exposing the sin of materialism and a unbeliever indulging in materialism; Christian’s embracing secular influences and the unbeliever abounding in secular influences. In fact, both the saint and the sinner propagate (promote) geed, lust, arrogance and most often, pride. We hear gossip in the church house and we hear gossip on the streets. The saint is posting revealing images in sexual stimulating attire, and the sinner is posting revealing images in sexual stimulating attire. The saint is showing off their luxury, wealth and material possessions and the sinner is showing off their luxury, wealth and material possessions.

I am not judging anyone’s growth period, nor am I proclaiming a complete perfected work in me, however, the activity of the indwelling Holy Spirit in the believer should be growing towards holiness. And, for most, the body of Christ is growing away from holiness.

This blending of cultures was exactly what Apostle Paul was addressing… The Christian community at that time was starting to be infiltrated with adultery, fornication, lying, hypocrisy, selfishness, anger, envy, greed and NOW they were even starting to war against one another concerning Spiritual Gifts…    

Apostle Paul, therefore, wrote to instruct this gifted but immature church on how to address specific situations occurring there.

Anytime, God gives us a gift, it’s for the benefit of others – to enhance and embellish who they are, NOT who we are. Whatever gift God gives us is to further build His Kingdom, not to elevate our status!

The anointing Jesus has poured in you, isn’t even about you.

The anointing Jesus has poured in to us, our Spiritual Gift are for edifying, advancing and developing the Kingdom of God. It’s a tool to share the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The anointing, the Spiritual Gifts that we possess are tools to share our testimony, strengthen the brethren and exalt Christ.

The Corinthian Church troubles prompted Paul to clearly outline proper moral conduct  utilizing practical instructions concerning the church, founded in the Old Testament. Encouraging believers to break from their old life and bond to their new life in Christ. A reality that we must continue to embrace as believers.

So Paul doesn’t eliminate the importance of the Old Testament, but connects it to Jesus Christ as “All Scripture is Godbreathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Addressing Spiritual Gifts in particular, Paul seeks to give us the proper perceptive and appropriate use of our rights as Christians WHICH IS to Unify in Diversity!!!

Listed below I breakdown our text verse by verse::

Verse 1. Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:

The term Spiritual separate from Christianity is defined as relating to, or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things; of relating to religion or religious belief.

Spiritual in connection to Christianity simply means alignment in Christ.

Notice that the word spiritual listed in this verse is lowercased (NKJV). Why is that important to take note? Because of the different cultures in Greece, a very diverse community at that time, many people worshiped different gods; idols. Their “spiritual” gifts were not Christ centered.

Unlike the Spirit of Christ, which is rooted out of love, the most flourishing spirit out of Corinth at that time was “sexual.” Paul knew this and was giving warning! That is why he says, “I would not have you ignorant.” As Christian’s, we too must recognized and separate ourselves from secular influences.

Verse 2.  You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led

Paul is allowing them to reflect on how far they’ve come in Christ through a swift yet humbling remembrance of their past. God will sometimes check you, before He corrects you – it’s called chastisement! Every once in a while God has to remind us of how lost we were without Him.

Apostle Paul’s statement at the end of the verse, “However, you were led…” release’s the church from condemnation. Paul, understanding his expressed image in God imparts grace. In the same manner, Jesus releases us from condemnation through repentance.

Brother and sister in Christ, guard your spirit. When reaching out to sinners, be sure to never down play the power of sin.

Verse 3. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

Accursed is defined as under a curse; doomed to evil or misery. What Apostle Paul is basically saying here, anyone who say’s they are speaking of the Spirit, but doesn’t accept Christ as Savior is a liar nor can anyone speaking under the Holy Spirit’s influence will say that Jesus is evil.

Remember: Jews were still preaching salvation through the Old Testament Law during this time and hadn’t acknowledge Jesus as there Lord and Savior, but taught He was a mere man, not divine. In addition, people were worshiping all sorts of gods.

The Spirit of God cannot be disconnected from Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ cannot be disconnected from the Father for they are One.

The most significant question we need to ask ourselves regarding any Spirit is, “Does it glorify Jesus?” Again, does it glorify Jesus? No one can say they are operating in the Spirit of God but their character doesn’t exalt Jesus.

Is your Spirit a reflection of Christ? Are you acting like a sinner on Saturday and saint on Sunday? The most notable difference between the two is a repentant heart which will visibly manifest over time. Do you continually seek God for guidance, are you submitting to what He is asking you, are you forgiving, loving, gentle… do you speak life into others? Do sincerely and humbly pray for those who use you?

Verse 4. There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 

Just because we have the same Spirit of God, doesn’t mean we have the same gift. Don’t discern someone’s Spirit by their gift but by the glorification of Jesus in their gift.

  •  Spiritual Gifts;  anything that comes from God through a believer. All Spiritual Gifts are the manifestation of the indwelling Spirit of God within a believer’s life purposed for building up the body of Christ.
  • There are several different types of Spiritual Gifts of the Holy Spirit not limited to:
    • Teaching
    • Prophecy – a prediction of edification and comfort to men
    • Faith – the substance of things hoped for in the evidence of things not seen
    • Healing – Effect a curse through God supernatural power (ex. Jesus, Restoring sight)
    • The Working of Miracles – Having a heighten sensitivity to God’s presence
    • Discerning of the Spirits
    • Tongues and interpretation of the Tongues- Enables spiritual communication with a person who speaks another language, however, they’re speaking to God, not to man. Also, it can be viewed as a sign to unbelievers of that baptism of the Holy Ghost.

Verse 5. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.

For example, there is a difference of Offices in the Church: Clergy, Deacons, Missionary or Evangelist but we all should be operating in the same purpose; to Glorify Jesus Christ, “build Disciples, and teaching them to obey what Christ has commanded…” (Matthew 28:16-20).

Verse 6. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.

In the church, some may have the gift of discernment or knowledge, another may have the gift teaching. Additionally, many churches have a Finance Team, Trustee Board, Secretary and Office Staff – all having different responsibilities, but who must work together to build the Kingdom of Heaven ensuring the effective operating of the Ministry which promote the glorification of Jesus Christ.

However, the greatest gift of all is love. And, the beauty of such a special gift, it is used in and outside the sanctuary to edify the body of Christ and build His Kingdom.

Verse 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

What does that mean: the gift whereby the Spirit manifest itself is given to each for the profit of the whole body. It’s not about you, it’s about serving and edifying the children of God – saints and sinners alike.

Verse 8. for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,

For example: There may be an older Mother in the church that has a higher level of wisdom through experience which cannot be duplicated. At the same time there may be someone who has a Seminary Degree who obtains a wealth of knowledge, both gifts are useful and equally important in glorifying Christ.

Notice the beginning of verse 8 reads, “For to one is given by the Spirit…” It is foolish to compete over or compare a gift God has given. We struggle in this area. Instead of connecting with God on a deeper level to discern our own gift, many believers compete with those around us. This should not be so.

Verse 9-11 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.

In the last 3 verses, Apostle Paul is reiterating; not only the diversity of gifts but also that Spiritual Gifts are purposed for Christ, and come only through His Spirit.

“Traces of those signs and wonders are still preserved among those who regulate their lives by the teaching of the Gospel.”- Origen

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, not my will, bet let Thine will be done.

O Jesus, I pray that this lesson brings forth clarity and assists in building Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, I pray.

me-new“Everyone has a divine purpose; my hope is through the Power of God, you walk boldly in yours!” ~ With Love, Minister Angela

Remember, God loves you! Trust Him!

A few things:

  • If you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you can today!
  • Find my 3 books, including “Sent by Jesus: The Father sent Jesus, and Jesus sent you,”  evangelistic appeal, gifts and more at www.sentbyjesus.bigcartel.com
  • Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook
  • If you’re not part of a local church, it is extremely important that you seek God in leading you to an anointed place of worship. One of the enemy’s greatest and most powerful weapons is to have you separated from the assembly.
  • If you live in Lancaster, CA I want to invite you to join us for prayer on Tuesday evenings at Lancaster City Library.
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Discipleship

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“for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?   Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  And the Master will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’ (Matthew 25:35-40).

In Luke 11:37-38, the bible said that the Pharisees (religious folk) were astonished, another translation used the words shocked and somewhat offended, that Jesus did not wash His hands before the consecrated meal. This washing of the hands was for ritual rather than hygienic purposes. Notice what the Lord said in response, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. Foolish ones! “(verse 39-40).

Our external expression (or preparation) of sanctification and holiness means absolutely nothing if our hearts haven’t been discipled. It means absolutely nothing to partake in the ordinance’s of the church: Communion/Lord’s Supper, Foot Washing or Baptism if you cannot forgive those who hurt you and have compassion on the brokenhearted. It mean’s absolutely nothing if you pay your tithes or give monetary offerings but do not feed those who hunger. It mean’s absolutely nothing if you can quote scripture but you’re unable to abound in the spirit of submission, meekness and lowliness of self. It means absolutely nothing if you have the gift of prophecy, teaching, healing, administration, etc. or speak in tongues and cannot love your neighbor as yourself. For God has called the believer to do the former without neglecting the latter.

He that has a ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit of the Lord say’s.

Dear Heavenly Father, Loving and Faithful One. Above all, teach us how to love like You. In Jesus’ name we pray.

“Everyone has a divine purpose; my hope is through the Power of God, youme-new walk boldly in yours!” ~ With Love, Minister Angela

Remember, God loves you! Trust Him!

 

A few things:

  • If you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you can today!
  • Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook
  • If you’re not part of a local church, it is extremely important that you seek God in leading you to an anointed place of worship. One of the enemy’s greatest and most powerful weapons is to have you separated from the assembly.
  • Join us Tuesday evening’s at Lancaster City Library for corporate prayer (resuming in February, 2017)
  •  Find my devotional book, “Sent by Jesus: The Father sent Jesus, and Jesus sent you,”  evangelistic appeal, gifts and more at www.sentbyjesus.bigcartel.com

Lowly Spirit

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3-10).

The beatitude, a divine paradox, in conclusion exhort three traits that lead to eternal promise; poor in spirit, pure in heart and those who are persecuted for righteousness sake. Humility and longsuffering are two virtues that connect us directly to the power of Christ and eternity, yet they’re often overlooked responses when modern day believers are exposed to adversity.

Humility is defined as a modest or low view of one’s own importance while longsuffering can be described as having or showing patience in spite of trouble, especially those caused by other people.

Oftentimes, we want to blame our insufficiency in controlling our own temperament on the negligence in someone else, or outside influences uttering words like: because they… since you did… if they hadn’t… well, if you/they stopped.. she/he should… it was… However, the bible says in Romans 14:12, “each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” We will be accountable for ourselves: our behavior, our words, our actions, even our thoughts.

In this overwhelming, emotionally unstable culture, consumed with arrogance, pride and disrespect also known as “do me”, “speak my mind”, and “clap backs” mentality,  many people have no personal accountability with their own behavior or, simply being humble (lowly in spirit), let alone loving. Such negative behavior is not only counterproductive but also completely opposite to the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness and self-control. You cannot say that you’re of God when you do not carry the fruit of God. We must continually examine ourselves.

Never forget, eternal inheritance is not based on how well we know God, the time we spend reading our bible, our ability to quote scripture, or how often we attend church. Eternity is based on well Jesus knows us AND competing the will of the Father – submitting to what Jesus has commanded both scripturally and provisionally ( Romans 10:9, Luke 10:27, John 14:6, Matthew 7:21). Eternity is based on His grace and our deeds. That is why we called to be doers of the word and not hearers only (James 1:22). 

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…

Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God…

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

Beloved, don’t allow unchecked emotions to separate you from eternity. No one is worth your salvation! With meekness, continue to seek and depend on the Word of the Lord, in Him only do we have strength, in Him we can met the standard.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, Loving and Faithful Savior. O Jesus, remind us continually of the behaviors to abide in Your presence. Redirect our path from eternal judgment, oh LORD we depend on and love You!

“Everyone has a divine purpose; my hope is through the Power of God, youme-new walk boldly in yours!” ~ With Love, Minister Angela

Remember, God loves you! Trust Him!

 

A few things:

  • If you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you can today!
  • Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook
  • If you’re not part of a local church, it is extremely important that you seek God in leading you to an anointed place of worship. One of the enemy’s greatest and most powerful weapons is to have you separated from the assembly.
  •  If you live in Lancaster, CA I want to invite you to join us for prayer on Tuesday evenings at Lancaster City Library.
  • Find my devotional book, “Sent by Jesus: The Father sent Jesus, and Jesus sent you,”  evangelistic appeal, holiday or birthday gifts and more at www.sentbyjesus.bigcartel.com