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Don’t Let it Become an Offense

Kathy — We can choose to get over painful blows and hurt feelings and refuse to allow them to become offense and self-pity. One way to overcome them is to use anger rather than lie down in it. Ephesians 4:26 – ”Be angry and do not sin…”. It doesn’t tell us NOT to get angry. It tells us when we get angry, 1) resolve it rightly, 2) resolve it quickly, and 3) don’t do anything in the process that gives up ground you’ll have to win back later.


Edifying of the Body of Christ

As the people of God assemble today, may they be strengthened, encouraged, equipped and comforted by the gifts of Christ (Eph.4:11-12) and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1Cor.14:3) for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.


Walk Out What we Were Born to Do

Kathy — Doubt, fear, offense, deceit, unforgiveness and depression can crawl up on anybody’s porch. Mature sons master them and continue to walk out what they FatherSonBuildwere born to do. When His sons mature, His government is demonstrated on earth as in heaven and His supernatural touches the natural. Let’s be encouraged. Our Father is faithful and patient. He will keep working with us to grow us up into full stature! Eph.4:13, Amp — “until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity].”


Harnessed Together for Power Results

I watched a video of a county fair somewhere in Mid-America. In a weighted-sled HorsesPullTogethercontest the 1st place horse pulls 4,000 lbs. 2nd place pulls 3,000 lbs. But when harnessed in tandem they pulled 16,000 lbs! Individual effort resulted in a total of 7,000 lbs. But together they pulled 9,000 lbs more than they did separately. Synergy: the interaction of two or more agents so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects. Together, we can get the Great Commission done. Eph.4:16, TLB — “Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly, and each part in its own special way helps the other parts, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”


God Empowered Response

Kathy — At my age, you’d think I’d know what I want to be when I grow up, but when I read the dark headlines in our nation and hear the chaotic chatter, there are days I just get irritated and wonder what is going on. The Bible doesn’t say CloudLightSunbelievers should never get irritated or annoyed.  In fact, Eph 4:26 says “Be angry, but don’t sin. So, we can get riled up, but we don’t go off the page in a rage and we don’t give in to a “spirit of cuss”!  Instead, we can learn to spell anger with a capital “G,” anGer, (Acquire-Necessary-God-Empowered-Response).  Then when we get upset, it can end up in a God result of bringing heaven into earth.  When the pythonic girl got on Paul’s last nerve, he acquired-necessary-God-empowered-response and whipped around and delivered her from that spirit of divination.  When devils occupy people and circumstances and cultures and atmospheres, sons of God interrupting that occupation and casting out demons is heaven coming to earth.  One challenge facing us is that there have been major strongholds of darkness in our nation for decades and centuries.  They have been here so long that many Christians don’t think to question them or even imagine how we could ever displace such evil.  Add to that decades of church erroneous teachings that support not even trying to overcome them. Hence, the great necessity of a “God empowered response”.


Never Disconsonant

As the people of God assemble today, may His powerful Holy Spirit form us into holding others upcommunity operating in harmony. May the ligaments in His Church hold us together solidly throughout crisis and opposition. And may we so be built up in love that our harmony may never be found by Him to be disconsonant. “For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.” (Eph.4:16, Amp)


Five Fold Leadership

Larry Burden — The Book of Acts is one of my favorite books of the Bible. Not only does it document the history of the early church, but it also reveals the Father’s intent for the influence of His church in the earth. It is a training manual for the body of believers to demonstrate how we are to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to govern the earth as representatives of Jesus. Christ established the foundation of leadership in the early church as a model for us to follow today. He set in the five-Five fold.pngfold leadership team to provide a full expression of Himself through the ascension gifts described in Ephesians 4:11-12. Such leadership is essential today for maturing the body of Christ so that, as His followers, we might become enabled to assume our specific functions of command as His church. The command structure given to us as Christ’s followers (His church) is clearly demonstrated throughout the New Testament. Jesus first models it to the twelve, then the seventy, and ultimately to the one hundred and twenty on the Day of Pentecost. The purpose of the command structure is to facilitate the original Dominion Mandate of Genesis 1:28. As Commander-in-Chief, Jesus simply follows what the Father is commanding (John 12:49). As His commanders in the earth, we follow the same precedent by hearing what Jesus is saying to us through the voice of the Holy Spirit. We exercise His full authority by remaining under His authority. (Larry Burden will be speaking at Kingdom Congress March 6, 2020 at 11:00am.)


Larry Burden is speaking at Kingdom Congress March 6, 2020 at 11:00am.
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Molding Vessels

potterGod will mold and chip away and apply heat. His purpose is not to get us to heaven but to mold us into the image of Christ. (Gal.4:19) That is why we have apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. He is using each one “for the perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry, the edifying of the Body of Christ: “Till we all come unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Eph.4:12-13)


MARTY WILL BE SPEAKING AT KINGDOM CONGRESS 2020 March 6.


Get on With Your New Life

As the people of God assemble today (Heb.10:25;Eph.4:16) may they pray for one Climbingmountainanother and encourage one another to live according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. May each see in the other the value they have by the enabling of Holy Spirit to cause them to overcome in Christ Jesus. May each one, through the Spirit, mortify the deeds of the body that he might live and encourage others to live. “So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!” (Rom.8:12-14, Msg)


Be Strengthened

As the people of God assemble today, may they be strengthened, encouraged, equipped and comforted by the gifts of Christ (Eph.4:11-12) and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1Cor.14:3) for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.


Compact Together

 

As the people of God assemble today, may His powerful Holy Spirit compact us, that is, cause us to coalesce, being formed into one mass or community operating in harmony. May the ligaments in His Church hold us together solidly. And may we so be built up in love that our harmony may never be found by Him to be disconsonant. 

“For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.” (Eph.4:16, Amp)