BECOMING A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BECOME A DISCIPLE?  We find the word lamud (pronounced law-mad) in the Old Testament. It’s meaning: instructed, skillful, used.  Descendants from the lineage of Aaron of the tribe of Levi trained in the temples under the Levitical priesthood, but they were not referred to as disciples.  There is only one reference to training followers in the Old Testament.  Isaiah 8:16 “Preserve the teaching of God, entrust His instructions to those who follow Me”.

In the New Testament, we find “disciple” matheteuo (pronounced math-ayt-yoo-o) used several times. It’s meaning: to follow, to become a pupil who enrolls to train constantly towards becoming a scholar.  Particularly in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, Jesus gives us the requirements of being a disciple.  In the gospel of John and book of Acts, we see “disciple” referring to certain followers of Jesus when not named.  Notable is that the disciples were no longer referred to as such in the Epistles as they were now Apostles.  

In the beginning of His ministry, Jesus appointed (determine, ordain) twelve… that they might be with Him, and He might send them out to preach, to have power to heal, and to cast out demons” Mark 3:14.  He extended the invitation, Mark 1:17 “Come follow Me” and they responded by leaving all behind to join themselves to the Master. These disciples lived day and night with Jesus and were taught daily in all that Jesus did.  This is where our ministry begins.

Once we have been made spiritually new creations, Christ in us, we remain now to be discipled and to disciple. We share those things that we have learned by the Word and the Holy Spirit. Wasn’t it wonderful to share our born again experience with others, even though we were babes in understanding?  The Lord has promised to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ if we will allow Him.

Matt 28:16-20  “And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had appointed (ORDAINED) them.  And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him. But some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority is given to Me in Heaven and in earth. Therefore go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you. And, behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the world. Amen. ” 

Luke 6:40 “ The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.   (PERFECT: perfectly joined)  Certainly with the resurrection of Jesus, the disciples now became as their master, preaching and teaching new converts to discipleship. 

This is our purpose in action; to obey the Great Commission and labor habitually and firmly in your calling whereby you were chosen by God.



COURT ROOM OF HEAVEN

There is a court room in heaven.  The bible speaks of the judgment seat of Christ.  It is translated as the seat of a judge; a court of justice.

      (2Cor 5:10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether good or bad.

      (Isa 9:7)  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

            I recently heard author, Robert Henderson, speak about the revelation he received from heaven about the operation of a spiritual legal system.  Having many years of experience in the legal profession, I received a greater understanding of this operation.  I believe it is important to all believers. 

            Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection is the greatest legal transaction of all history.  When He said “It is finished”, He satisfied every legal requirement for the complete redemption of man.  It is up to us as believers to take that legal verdict and execute it.  A verdict has no power unless it is executed.  A judge can render a verdict, but if there is no officer of the court to execute it into place, it accomplishes nothing.  We are the officers of the court; anointed, ordained, and authorized by the Holy Spirit to enforce the Word of God in the earth for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.  

            When speaking of prayer, Jesus told us to approach God as Father, as Friend, and as Judge.  When we enter the courts of heaven, we are to come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  (Heb 4:16)  As we enter the courts of heaven, we are seated together with Him in heavenly places, from this position, we bring our petitions before God, “pleading our case” based on the Word of God with Jesus as our Advocate.  (1John 5:14)  And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us:  (1John 5:15)  And if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.   

            (1Peter 5:8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.   The Greek word “anti-dikos” adversary means one who brings a lawsuit.  Satan is the accuser of the brethren.   (Luke 22:31) And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired you, that he may sift you as wheat. The Greek translation “exaiteomai” desired means demand for trial.  Satan brings our sin, our weaknesses, and our doubts before the Lord, using legal issues to resist us. The plan of the devil is to detour us from our destiny.  But God sees us through the blood of His Son Jesus, clothed in robes of righteousness. He hears the voice of our Advocate, Jesus Christ.  God’s verdict is always based on His Word and so the verdict is in our favor.  This gives us legal authority to enforce the verdict by decree and declaration of the judgment of God against our adversary, Satan.

            Pray:   I repent of any sin that would hinder me from receiving from the Lord. I ask Him to remove any accusation by the blood of Jesus that the enemy has brought against me.  I trust the Holy Spirit to guide me into all truth.  I will guard my mouth to speak only what the Word says.  I believe that God will bring me into the fullness of my destiny of God’s plan and purpose for my life.  Amen.


Why Should Christians Vote?

    This is an election year like no other in our American history.  Our nation’s future appears to hang on a delicate thread.  In the truth of God’s Word, this nation’s future is in the hands of the Christian believers.
We are getting information overload.  Every day there is a “new” reporting of some scandal concerning one of the presidential candidates.  Media cannot be trusted, government cannot be believed, people’s opinions are wavering with each onslaught of timely released news stories.  How do the American people wade through the accusations, the partial truths, and false rhetoric?  How can they rightly discern without the Spirit of the Lord? 
God established the kingdom of God as a government.  Our forefathers came to America for religious freedom and formed our government of Bible values. We believe that God is now raising up the leader of our country to redeem America back to Himself.  Believers are called to humble themselves, pray, and seek the face of God, and turn from their wicked ways, then God will hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and restore our land.  We stand in the gap for America.   Stop judging in the flesh.  You have a part in God’s plan; vote for Christian values according to the Bible.  It is given to us to bring the changes needed to advance God’s kingdom.
We, believers in Jesus Christ, are kings and priests in His kingdom who are given authority to  decree and declare God’s kingdom principles in the earth.  Do not be caught up by all the fiery darts of the enemy; distractions and deceptions.  Put on the whole armor of God, stand, and pray until victory has been won in the earth to glorify our God.
 


PROPHECY DREAMS VISIONS

May 21, 2016      Sometimes we just have to return to our beginnings in Christ, to the things that He first taught us. This is a timeless message to all believers.

God gave me a vision about growing in His Spirit.

I saw Jesus and I walking down a pathway together.   I appeared as a small child and He held me by my hand as He led me. Jesus was teaching me about the things of the Spirit and who He is.

Suddenly, as we continued walking, I appeared as a young adult. Jesus was no longer holding my hand, but He walked closely by my side.   As we walked along the pathway, I pointed out to Jesus the things of the Spirit that we would see on the way. There was salvation, evangelism, prayer, healing, deliverance, and both saved and unsaved people. I showed the Lord that He had taught me well.

Then again suddenly, we were still on the pathway but I was now a mature adult. This time Jesus walked with His arm around my shoulders.   I walked in His anointing to do the work of His kingdom as He would lead me. He assured me that He would always be present in His power and glory which flows through His body. I could feel there was no greater love.

 


THE ARMOR OF GOD and PRAYER

THE ARMOR OF GOD and PRAYER

 Ephesians 6:10-19 “Finally (going forward) my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the WHOLE armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the WHOLE armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, AND HAVING DONE ALL, to stand.

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. “

{STAND (def)- 1) stand in front and oppose (moving forward, 2) engage in one on one combat spiritually, 3) stand after an active battle, 4) stand in preparation for the next battle}.

The armor needs to be put on, it is not automatically applied in the spiritual realm. We are just as vulnerable in the spirit as a natural man going to war without his armor, equipment, and weapons.

1) GIRD your waist with TRUTH

2) PUT ON breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS

3) SHOD your feet with the GOSPEL OF PEACE

4) ABOVE ALL TAKING the SHIELD OF FAITH

5) TAKE the HELMET OF SALVATION

6) TAKE the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT

 While the scripture tells us to stand, in the whole armor of God, it also tells us to take the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and pray always with all prayer.

Knowing the Word is knowing Jesus.   Walking in the Word is walking with Jesus. Speaking the Word is speaking as Jesus speaks (as the Father speaks).

Clearly we cannot win the battle with one piece or a few pieces of the armor.   Victory is in the whole armor of God, and with prayer!

Neither can we be victorious with armor that is untried and ill fitting.

I Samuel 17:38-39 “So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. So David took them off.”

Rev. Janet Kreis shared a testimony of a vision that she had heard.   A woman saw people, sick, weak, and discouraged, crawling on the floor. Each of these people wore a sign, naming a specific disease. On the floor, surrounding the person, were the pieces of the armor of God.   Without the armor, these people were powerless.

 RAISE UP A STANDARD

 When the enemy comes in, like a flood, the Lord will raise up a standard against him.

Oldest translation  “… like a flood, the Lord will raise up a standard…” Whether the enemy comes in as a trickle or a flood, God’s standard is always raised against the enemy taking ground. If we are to gain victory, we must do so with God’s standard raised and war under His protection.

Standard is the banner or flag that identified the nation. It also proclaimed occupation, possession, and ownership. It preceded an army into battle. As long as the banner was elevated, the soldiers continued to fight. When one army would rush into battle and encountered the opposing army, they could identify who they were fighting, withdraw, and plan strategy to win the battle. 



SHARING THE GOOD NEWS OF SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

Prayer for Salvation:

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus.  Your Word says, “Whosoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved” and “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”  (Acts 2:21, Romans 10:9). You said my salvation would be the result of Your Holy Spirit giving me new birth by coming to live in me (John 3:5-6, John 3:15-16, Romans 8:9-11) and that if I ask , You will fill me with Your Spirit and give me the ability to speak with other tongues (Luke 11:13, Acts 2:4).   I take You at Your Word.  I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead.  Thank You for coming into my heart, for giving me Your Holy Spirit, as You have promised, and for being Lord over my life.
 



Devil Has Rights in the Court of Heaven
 
 
We know that we have an demonic spiritual enemy who plans evil against God’s people.    Scripture clearly speaks of our authority over the devil and the ways to defeat him.  Resist the devil and he will flee, take on the full armor of God, cast out demons in Jesus name and by the Word of God, He has already provided a way of escape.  
 
Let’s settle a few misconceptions of some believers.  While we are full of the Holy Spirit at the time of our decision to receive God’s full salvation, our soul and body are being conformed into the image of Christ daily.  A Christian cannot be possessed by both the Holy Spirit and a demonic spirit but a Christian can be under the influence of a demonic spirit.
 
We learned about the court room of heaven where our petitions are heard and answered by the Lord.  God has given us “legal rights”. He has already given us every victory and every provision in the realm of the spirit.