Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Extreme Pressure Is Setting You Up for Extreme Anointing



Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ spent the last night before He was betrayed and arrested in a garden in Jerusalem called
Gethsemane. It's a place you can visit this day in the land of Israel. It is a garden of ancient 1000 year old olive trees. Jesus knew it was the time for the Father's plan to be completed.



Gethsemane means "oil press." Oil comes forth from the harvested olives when intense pressure is put upon them - the more pressure, the more oil.



He asked his disciples to pray with Him, but they kept getting overtaken by a spirit of slumber. As Jesus prayed with such intensity and passion, blood began to come forth mixed with His sweat. He was going through the greatest struggle of His life. He said: "Father - nevertheless - not My will be done, but Your will be done."



Jesus wrestled in prayer in that dark place that night all alone and made the decision He would not back down, but would go ahead with the plan of the Father. The Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world would now become an earthly reality. He made the decision to go to the cross.



Jesus learned obedience through all He suffered and therefore qualified to become the Captain or Author of our salvation. He was anointed in His earthly life by the Spirit of God.



But now, the passion and pressure of what He would go through would afterwards release an anointing that would be available to all of us who believe - the oil of joy. The oil of joy I believe is the anointing of sonship.



The first Adam lost our inheritance in a garden. The last Adam would regain it in a garden. Everything was settled that night in the garden. Jesus' will was in complete alignment with the will of the Father. Heaven and earth are at attention to see how it would all unfold.



Gethsemane is the garden of the "oil press." It is the place of intense pressure that will bring forth a priceless anointing as our wills come into alignment with His. It is the place where we will not compromise in the pressure, but cry out to God with passion in the midst of it because we know what it is about to produce.


Sonship is a free gift from the Father through Christ that gives us access to heaven. Mature sonship is where we begin to access and walk in that inheritance while still here on earth. It is an anointing of sonship - the oil of joy that sets you "above your companions" (Hebrews 1:9).



Peter writes: "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange was happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed for the Spirit of Glory rests on you."
1 Peter 4:12-14


Paul writes: "But we have this treasure (His glory) in jars of clay to show that His all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed......."

"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."
2 Corinthians 4:7,8 and 17


Gethsemene's extreme pressure is producing a harvest of righteousness and peace - it is bringing forth an extreme and very precious anointing - the oil of joy - the anointing of sonship. With that anointing you can change the world and bless the nations.




It is the extreme pressure of Gethsemane that will reveal more and more of the glories of our sonship in Christ - the manifestation of the sons of God - the sons of glory.



If you have been going through a Gethsemane "oil press" time in your life, take heart - there is something so priceless and precious in you that the Father wants released in and through your life.

All you must say is - "nevertheless, not my will be done Father, but your will be done." A harvest of righteousness and shalom (peace and prosperity) is about to come to you as the "oil of joy" - the oil and anointing of sonship is released.
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Our Identity in Christ




But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?”
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The above passage and the following line of verse 22 is one of my favorite parts of the Bible. Here we had someone in a difficult situation, going thru tremendous trial, even to the point where they would rename themselves “bitter” in their circumstances. But if you keep reading to verse 22 in the text, the Holy Spirit chose to inspire the writer of Ruth to still write her name as Naomi despite what she had called herself. I believe some Christians today are allowing the world and their temporary environments to dictate who their identity is. Some may even be so down in the dumps that, like Naomi, they’ve given themselves new names. But don’t you know that what God has called you will forever be yours in Jesus Christ!? You are more than a conqueror in God. You are are an overcomer by the blood of Jesus and the Word of your testimony. You are loved! Your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life. Rejoice, because nothing will ever separate you from that love of God in our Lord. Amen.
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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Galatians 6 (The Laws of Sowing & Reaping)

Here's a quick clip of Galatians 6 being finished up at the Salvation Army of Chattanooga, dealing with the laws of sowing and reaping. Also included is footage of God's healing touch on a man with pain in his legs and feet. All glory to Jesus. 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Deuteronomy 18:18 (I will raise up a prophet like you)




Deuteronomy 18:15 records where Moses prophesied of Jesus' coming, and Acts 3:22 repeats the same thing thru the message of Stephen as he preached to the Jewish religious leaders shortly before his martyrdom. In this post, I want to take a closer look at the parallels between the life of Moses and Jesus by which the prophecies foretold, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you.".


Before I go any further, I want to propose one way we can apply this Word to our lives so that it's not just information we can hear and consider nice; but that it would be a challenge to us to make a part of our lives not only for ourselves but to those we can share it with. And that is this: Just as Moses was used as a type of Christ; so we too can be a living allegory by the things Holy Spirit imparts to us. As followers of Christ, we've all been given seed that has grown or will grow into fruition. What I would ask from people who read this would be to ask God what are some gifts or wisdom He's given you that you can now relate and share with the people in your spheres of influence. All the while keeping in mind the Word of God which reminds us that Christ is our Head, but throughout our lives, He has given us leaders whom we submit to their authority. (As outlined in Hebrews 13:17) So it's for that cause I now write for their joy, our benefit, and for the glory of God this piece...



1. Beginnings


Moses - During the time of Moses' birth, there was an edict from Egypt's Pharaoh to destroy all Hebrew baby boys. (Exodus 1:15-22)

Jesus - Around the time of Jesus' birth, king Herod commanded that all the Jewish boys be slaughtered who were 2 years old and under. (Matthew 2:16)

 
2. Early Ministry



Moses - Moses' early ministry was doubted by the people of Israel.
(Exodus 4:1)

Jesus - Even Jesus' own brothers didn't believe in Him. (John 7:5)



3. Mid-Ministry


Moses - Moses' ministry was endorsed by God over power over water. (Exodus 14)


Jesus - Jesus' ministry was endorsed by God over His commanding of the sea's storm to be still. (Mark 4:35-41)


4. The Giving of Two Covenants

 
Moses - God established the old testament covenant on a mountain called Sinai. (Exodus 19)

Jesus - Jesus instituted another constitution on another mountain which we call The Great Commission. (Matthew 28:16-20)

5. The Delegation of Leadership


Moses - God transmitted His leadership thru Moses to captains of people. (Exodus 18:25)

Jesus - God led Jesus to choose 12 apostles who would lead His early church. (Luke 6:12-16)


6. The Atonement For Sin

 

 Moses - God told Moses to get a snake and put it on a pole so that anyone who looks at it will live. (Numbers 21:8)

Jesus - God made Christ, who knew no sin to become sin for all mankind by hanging him on a cross for the forgiveness of the world's trespasses. (John 3:14-15)

 

7. The Burial & Resurrection

 

Moses - God commanded the children of Israel to go thru the parted waters of the Red Sea in order to cut all ties with Egypt once and for all. (Exodus 14)

Jesus - Thru Jesus, God commands all followers of the Lord to go under the baptismal waters of His burial and raise to newness of Life by His Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 10)












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Friday, November 23, 2018

STREETS - Donald

11-7-2018 (Downtown; Chattanooga Community Kitchen)
I wish I could have done more, but at the end of the day it's according to what a man has rather than what he doesn't. (2 Corinthians 8:12) But I believe and declare that one day Chattanooga will have a local Dream Center and a ministry team including a 3rd shift that will tend to men and women like Donald. Please keep him in your love and prayers. God bless!

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STREETS - A Ride with Christopher







A little background to this video: It was taken approximately 5PM today. Most people in the video have been ministered to before either by myself or with people with me. One of them includes a woman in a wheelchair that I had previously prayed for the night before while visiting during a night-watch. At that time, she was suffering from pain and arthritis in her left arm. You can watch the video to hear the report of how that was doing this day. Also, a few cliff notes to the car ride (cause I know it was real choppy):

-Was given a few dollars to buy whatever he liked
-Was handed gospel tracts upon his request to witness to people
-Was informed of another ministry in town that specifically meets the needs of the homeless and needy
-Was dropped off in order to buy a cup of coffee


Eventually, I want to get a dash cam for the car because for whatever reason, there's too much interference with what I have now.
Praise reports: -Salvation Army opening their doors for freeze nights
-God's testimony of healing

Prayer requests: -Christopher's medicine and housing needs
-Linda's continued relief from arm pain
-More gospel tracts


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STREETS - Shirley








Downtown Chattanooga; Market Street Bus Stop – 2AM (11-12-2018)

Meet Shirley. With a few medical conditions, she knows she doesn't have long to live if she has to stay on the streets much longer. Pray that whether she lives or dies, she would receive Christ alone by faith.

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