As the people of God assemble today we are celebrating Reformation Day! On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the Wittenberg Church door in Germany. What had been covered over by centuries of profitable and manipulative tradition, was exposed and the truth of God’s Word, the Gospel of salvation by grace (Eph.2:8), was made known. There is ONE Mediator between God and man, not a Mediator plus someone or some religious/ecclesiastical system (Heb.10:10). That Mediator, JESUS, alone was appointed by God to make atonement for the sins of men by His death. His atonement alone gives only Him authorization to be our Intercessor with God in our behalf. All persons (no matter race or creed) are to go directly to that Intercessor JESUS (Heb.7:25) and trust only in this Mediator alone. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1Tim.2:5).
Kathy — Seeing or perceiving and participating to develop a Kingdom lifestyle cannot be taught or explained in a cookie-cutter fashion because firstly, there’s a uniqueness in how each of us see or perceive, and secondly, there are definite variations in how we participate. We are individual sons, not cookie-cutter Christians. To illustrate some of the uniquenesses and variations in sons and daughters, I will use personal examples of how He prompts and enables us to participate with Him. Rest assured, I do not use myself as an example because I think I am an expert or something special on a stick. On the contrary, I figure if Father has the patience to work with this single-focused-Sally, He will patiently work with any of His kids until they perceive and participate with Him. (Marty and Melissa both tell me all the time that God must be rolling His eyes at me, but I don’t let them bother me. ☺)
Melissa — The accuser of the brethren accuses us day and night, and because of his anger he continues to accuse and make war against us in this way. But the devil has been defeated so how can accusation be an issue? It’s about agreement. For accusation to become an issue he needs agreement from those that have more power than he does. So he is looking for Christians who will verbally agree with the accusations he is hurling. He can accuse all day and all night by himself, or even with the agreement of an unbeliever but when he can get a Christian to agree with his accusation against someone and speak it out of their mouth that is where the power comes from.
May you exercise without the pain of infirmities. May weaknesses and restrictions be removed as you move and have your being in Him. May you make progress beyond what the demographics for your age suggest. May your metabolism kick up to points beyond the normal and typical. “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being. . .” (Acts 17:28)
Kathy — The operations of traditional church simply don’t carry the power or impact that God intended for His Ekklesia/Church. I am not suggesting that we strain or strive to not be traditional but that we yield ourselves to
Jesus as He builds His Church/Ekklesia. His building process is more than simply adding to its numbers. Build also means “edify, mature and develop” So before we get determined and get a hernia trying to be the Ekklesia, or before we get zealous and start calling fire down out of heaven, or before we almost drown trying to walk on water, let’s remember it is Jesus that builds and empowers us as His Church.
Melissa — What is a heavenly Change-Agent? It’s one who makes a difference wherever they are because they carry Heaven in them. When I say Heaven, I mean one who carries the original intent of God wherever they go. What is God’s original intent? Heaven on earth, a Kingdom without end (Luke 1:31-33). The difference between heavenly Change-Agents and the ones making the news right now is that heavenly Agents cause life, healing, peace, hope, restoration—not death and destruction!
As the people of God assemble today their hearts will receive the peace and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and will not give in to the chaos being created by the powers of darkness. Therefore, they will take hope and act upon the Word of God and live and walk in His righteous Kingdom order.
1Cor.14:33,TPT—“For God is the God of harmony, not confusion,[a] as is the pattern in all the churches of God’s holy believers.”
Jn.14:27,TPT—“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!”
Chaos represents utmost impossibility to man and covers him with hopeless despair where he is willing to lay down his beliefs and former commitments so that he may gain some semblance of comfort in spite of the dreaded disorder (“Chaos”: a disorderly, confused, condition or state). Throughout history there have been perpetrators of confusion who have, for the purpose of control, attempted to throw the populace into confusion in order to coerce them into turning over their freedom for relief. Many to the south and east of the USA have already done that and are praying for the USA to wake up and realize that we must speak out and act now to preserve our constitution and nation. Chaos and its bold, inclusive threats will not prevail if God’s people will humble themselves and pray (2Chron.7:14) and take a stand in spite of brash attempts of darkness to limit and/or remove freedoms. If God could create the worlds out of nothing, surely we can see and take tremendous hope of His creating righteous order out of the chaos of self-focused, power-hungry people.
Kathy — Let me say something softly so our souls hear liberation and not accusation: a Kingdom lifestyle is not self-focused or self-absorbed. Jesus thrust us into the momentum of a Kingdom lifestyle when He taught us to pray: Father, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven; and Father’s answers to that prayer are continually incoming into earth. A Kingdom lifestyle is staying positioned to participate in that incoming process.
Melissa — Let’s look at “Call to me and I will answer you” through a modern American paradigm: I call on the Lord and He will answer – I will tell Him what I need and He will give it to me because He is a loving God. You know, kind of like curbside grocery delivery. I took the time to get my list together and I took the time to call about this list. Now, it’s on Him to deliver! I’m afraid we North Americans operate out of an entitled mindset not only in our relationship with earthlings, but also in our relationship with God. If I call on Him then ________ (insert pre-determined answer here). The problem with an entitled relationship with God is where the entitlement is rooted. If it is rooted in the Spirit, according to the covenant, then it will put you in a posture of dominion. If, however, it is rooted in the soul then it will hold you in a victimized defensive posture. The soul will keep you chained out of reach of God’s original intent which is indeed dominion. Or said another way, the soul will keep you from being heaven on earth.
There was a move from “chaos” to “inhabited” to fulfillment in the very beginning. When Yahweh starts a thing, that is the way He intends for it to go. When God Almighty starts something, He finishes it. When people are wearying over matters, over determined personalities, over the seemingly inevitable outcome of present circumstances, God’s power and His plans are not in the least damaged or thwarted. God can bring fullness of order out of chaos as easily as He can bring it out of slight disorder. Isa.45:18, ISV — “For this is what the LORD says, who created the heavens— He is God, and the One who formed the earth and made it, and He is the one who established it; HE DIDN’T CREATE IT FOR CHAOS, but formed it to be inhabited— ‘I am the LORD and there is no other.”
Kathy — Another daily Kingdom lifestyle challenge is to be aware of what Father is doing. We are sons and daughters of God living on earth in this time of history to do our Father’s business. His business translates as what we SEE or PERCEIVE that He is doing or wants done. The example that Jesus gave us for a Kingdom lifestyle doesn’t depend on us duplicating His exact situations or His exact miracles. The pattern He gave was doing what He saw the Father doing (Jn.5:19). That tells us the core essential here is not WHAT Jesus did but WHY He did it. Can you wrap your mind around that difference? If you don’t, you could live your whole life with a sense of not measuring up because you haven’t fed 5000 people with one little boy’s lunch. Unless YOU see the Father wanting you to do that, don’t even try it! If you live constantly focused on how you are or are not duplicating the acts of Jesus, you are not likely to even PERCEIVE what the Father is doing in any given moment.
Melissa — During a time of ministry at a recent meeting a revered Prophet told me, “Read Jeremiah 33:3 everyday and watch what happens.” It’s certainly not an unfamiliar passage, but perhaps one that is easily forgotten in the midst of all the hustle, bustle and chaos. So, here you go (in 3 versions for impact):
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jer. 33:3 KJV
“Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.” Jer. 33:3 AMP
“Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.” Jer. 33:3 MSG.
As the people of God assemble today may they give their attention to the teaching of the Word of God to learn more efficient ways of moving in Spirit-led/Spirit-empowered gifts and abilities that will impact our culture for the glory and purposes of God as His Kingdom advances in our generation. Matt.5:16,TPT—“So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that your commendable works will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.”
Learning new language will enable people of God to go beyond their normal boundaries. We will courageously venture out into new territory that will yield profits. We will learn the language of finance and investment. We will even pay the price, time and energy to link ourselves to mentors. With courage to learn and speak that language we will be able to speak to people we have rarely or never spoken to and they will understand us and reciprocate. We will be able to function more than marginally in arenas that have previously been foreign and unprofitable to us.
Kathy — Adam and Eve lived in righteousness, peace and joy which is the Kingdom of God, (Rom 14:17) and here’s the really best news of the day: it’s the Father’s good pleasure to give us that Kingdom (Lk.12:32)! Since it is the Father’s good pleasure to GIVE us the Kingdom, He gives us Righteousness, Peace and Joy and we develop a Kingdom lifestyle by learning to walk in what He’s given us. It flows like this: 1) He gives us Righteousness as a gift and then the daily Kingdom lifestyle challenge is refusing to let that righteousness be shaken or forsaken because of condemnation. If condemnation can take you to the mat, that’s a signal you’re looking to your own righteousness instead of the gift God gave. 2) He gives us Peace which carries exemption from emotional havoc in war. Peace is not exemption from war but from the emotional damage during war. So the daily Kingdom lifestyle challenge is to go on to sleep in the boat while the storm rages. 3) He gives us Joy by beautifully giving us so many reasons to be glad. Then the daily Kingdom lifestyle challenge is to calm down and be delighted. (Of course, that’s easier sometimes than others and easier for some people than others)
Melissa Gabler — “I AM healed” is a great statement with several notable pieces of information in it. It is a double decree. It is (1) proclaiming what is already done and (2) it is also proclaiming the fact that I am agreeing with it.
The challenges of a new era require our speaking new language. A new culture with a new language has developed all around us in recent years leaving many of us unable to function profitably and threatening more incapabilities and fear of the future. That culture is the culture of technology. It affects us in every arena of life. People of God will learn the language of technology and not only profit from it as we go into the future but will be able to be successful in the purposes of God in that mission field.
Kathy — In the garden, Adam and Eve were set up in a Kingdom Lifestyle. All the elements in the garden were God’s Original Intent for a Kingdom lifestyle and still are. So the garden of Eden isn’t a fantasy or the impossible dream because the Kingdom didn’t disappear with the break-down of the garden. Jesus told us the Kingdom is at hand and still within reach, so the garden’s same elements are in our lives to the degree that our Kingdom lifestyle is developed. Look at those elements: 1) Adam and Eve met with God daily because a Kingdom lifestyle pivots on relationship with Father and His sons (“son” does not refer to gender but fully vested firstborn), and relationship with one another. 2) Everything in their life reflected the design and original intent of God. Again, this is not the impossible dream because our Redeemer lives to restore essentials of His original intent to our lives whenever possible. 3) They had the peace and security of the government of God and that too is available to us. 4) God was their source of life and provision and protection and their enabling to live in their calling and purpose and fulfillment. He still is. 5) They awoke daily to God’s potential to flourish. So do we. So the degree to which we walk or don’t walk in these elements of God’s original design reflects the measure of development of our daily Kingdom lifestyle.
Melissa — If you feel worried, afraid, or uneasy that’s your clue that the Prophetic Lifestyle needs a re-boot. Make sure you keep the air cleared in your vicinity. One great way of doing that is, like previously mentioned, upping your prayer in tongues. Talk about an air purifier! Speaking in tongues is a beautiful weapon from Heaven for such a time as this. We are all capable of living a prophetic lifestyle without being a Prophet.
As the people of God Almighty assemble today may they praise and glorify Him in spite of trials and discouragements that assail them. As they praise Jesus and testify to one another of His goodness, may their confidence in His Word and His promises cause their spirit and their faith to soar to new heights in His purposes. Hebrews 10:35-36,Amplified—“Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward. 36 For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.”
When God is keeping His people on His timetable it will require constant change on the part of those people. If we take an honest look at Eph. 4:13-16, we will admit that we have not arrived. Change in the Church across the board is what we have to look forward to. Sameness is not the answer. As we hunger for the Holy Spirit’s presence in carrying out our Heavenly Father’s mandate, there will be likely human personalities who will resist. As we continue to receive prophecies that propel us forward into our destiny, there will be opposing forces that will attempt to intimidate and discourage us from doing mighty exploits. The 10 spies will cry, “Giants!” The Athaliahs will yell, “Treason!” The Michals will tauntingly proclaim, “Vile!” And the Sanballats will accusingly shout, “Rebellion!” If we check our mandate and our motivation and find them to be scriptural as David did, then let’s allow it to become our courage.
Kathy — “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” (Matt.6:13. . . At first glance, this sounds like this is asking God not to tempt us when James 1:13, tells us that God tempts no man to evil. So a son wouldn’t suspect his Father of doing that. One of the meanings of temptation here is adversity. Neither would sons ask Father to keep us from adversity, because a mature son knows better than to expect not having to grow in character through overcoming. I think The Message may have captured the heart of this phrase: Matt 6:13 Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. One of the meanings of the Greek word translated here as “not” is “lest,” which means “for fear that.” That would lend this phrase to say, “Father lead us and deliver us from evil for fear that we will fall to temptation if You don’t.” And as a son/daughter with that understanding, my prayer would be in agreement, “May I live my life today showing that I am not under the dictates and influence of temptation because I am delivered from the evil one”. I can pray that with confident expectation because THINE is the Kingdom, the power and the glory. Therefore, we pray as sons/daughters, knowing our Father has, and always will have, the prevailing governmental order and the authoritative power and the ultimate manifestation of His every intent . . . forever.