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Challenges of a New Era

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.

Elements of the Kingdom Lifestyle

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. 

Need a Re-Boot?

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.

Spirit and Faith Soar

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.”

We Have Not Arrived

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.

Lead us Not Into Temptation

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.

The Key is Awareness

Melissa — I will boil down prophetic lifestyle to this: The key is awareness.  We must remember, at all times that the Kingdom of God is invading this nation. Each one of us has a piece of the Kingdom that penetrates and affects the region around us. We are going to WIN this fight. Hey, it’s not pretty right now, but no matter what you see, hear, or face it has no effect on what God has set in motion.  After all, He has the last word!

Maintain Confidence

May you be able to maintain your confidence in God and his will for you as you face every trial and discouragement. May our Lord help you endure and accomplish all that he has designed for you to walk in. Hebrews 10:35-36,Amp—“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.”

Investment in the Future

Kathy — Forgiveness is an investment in your future. It is not about staying saved or deserving, it is about investing wisely.  And “forgive us our debts AS we forgive our debtors” is a declaration that we understand Father’s governing principle and we know our personal responsibility in living it out.  I have to think God was emphasizing a consistent and continuous release that forgiveness brings, a continual unfettering of others to unfetter ourselves from our issues, a continual coming to freedom and deliverance to live as God intended, free to be who we were born to be for our Father’s glory.
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