The Government Shall Be Upon His Shoulders

Acts 14:

6  “In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways;

17  and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”

The above verses state that in previous generations God permitted the nations to go their own ways. There are many types of governments and political philosophies in the world. They are all the result of man’s attempt to govern himself apart from God. Some seem to be better than others. But they all are born of man, and each is an expression of the adamic nature. Whether it’s Marxism/socialism, communism, a democracy, a dictatorship, or a monarchy, they are all born of man. When Jesus was confronted about paying taxes, He said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.” The Lord was not concerned about the political climate of the day. Continue reading

The Love of the Lord Towards Us

Our cat died today. Our dog, Homer, whom we had for almost 14 years, died three weeks ago. Homer was a true friend and companion. Over the years our relationship grew into a mutual respect; he was an alpha dog, but I was the master. We butted heads many times until the relationship was established, and the love grew from there. Our hearts were broken when he passed.

Our cat Amby had epilepsy. But that was not her cause of death. She died from liver failure. She came into our lives as a stray I found on a job site. She had been abandoned. She was starving and ruffled. I brought her home and she just sat for over three weeks, eating, drinking, and basking in the sun coming through the bedroom window. She was recuperating from a harsh life. She was just content to be taken care of. We discovered her epilepsy when she began to have seizures. She was put on medicine and we cared for her until her death.

Amby had such a sweet and gentle spirit about her. She was precious to us. Our hearts were again broken today. But something so poignant has come from the Lord to us. The Lord brought this cat into our lives. It was not evident at the time of course, just a necessary rescue mission. We nurtured her and loved her back into a reasonably healthy life. Today, as I sat pondering, the sweetest smell surrounded me. It was a sweet perfume smell. First it was faint, and then it grew, and then it faded. It was Amby’s life-force ascending into whatever place God has prepared for pets and such. As much as the religious realm would say animals have no after-life; consider this: Nothing created by God ever dies.

The life we gave Amby is but a reflection of the life Christ has given us. He took us from whatever stench of death we were in and set us on high to eat and drink and bask in the sunshine of His love and grace towards us. This is not syrupy gushing. It is a living reality in each of our lives. Even as we held Amby until her dying breath, so the Lord holds us as we too die to a fallen nature. Death is cruel and the Lord does not sugarcoat it. But on the other side of it, both figuratively and literally, we perceive His love and goodness towards us.

Amby was a microcosm of God’s dealings with His sons. How precious they are in His sight! “Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His godly ones (Psalm 116:15).” The Lord will not spare us the suffering associated with the judgment of Adam, but as we yield to Him, all His goodness and grace comes through.

We nursed Amby back to health from the brink of death when we found her. Such does the Lord do for us. This revelation should put all the hardship and adverse circumstances we go through into their proper perspective. It is all according to the name of this website, Seeking the Sons of Abraham.

 

 

Overcoming the Fears

 Posted byJodi
An excerpt from STSOA blog:

“Submitting to the Lord only brings us up to zero. We must continually exercise an aggressive faith which takes us from glory to glory. It’s passivity that enables the process realm to keep operating in our lives.”

 I had a dream last night:  I walked out on to some kind of little platform from a very high floor of a building, intending to get down to the ground.  When I was about to start walking down the steps, I noticed that I was extremely high up, and I could see what looked like an unsupported step.  It wasn’t, but it looked like if I stepped on it, it would feel like I was surrounded by the height and not protected.  I hate heights and immediately turned around and said I couldn’t go that way.  I chose instead to get in this very small, questionable elevator that was no wider or bigger than me, so that I had no room to move around; I just had to stand there until it reached the bottom.  I also hate confining spaces, but I chose the “safer” seeming option, even though I had to concentrate on not panicking until I got to the ground. Continue reading

Fire and Wilderness

Posted by Jodi

I have a need for structure or some kind of routine in my day. I have very little self discipline to accomplish things without it. I developed a particular morning routine; I love it- it gets me out of the house first thing, gives me a sense of accomplishment and a challenge, and interaction with others. It’s the springboard for structuring the rest of my day. Over the last few months I’ve developed multiple physical issues that finally kept me from that routine until they heal, whenever that may be. For the first couple of weeks it was fine, but I suddenly feel myself breaking down; all the old, awful feelings of not knowing what to do with myself are returning, along with the anxiety and depression, until, as I know from experience, I become helpless to crawl out. Continue reading

Inseparable

Posted by Elizabeth

In a dream last night, I was faced with the opportunity to do something I knew wasn’t right.  I chose not to do the thing.  As I was thinking about why I made that decision, I realized that my choice was not because it was something that wasn’t right or because the Lord wouldn’t want me to do it, but because this is not my life to do anything with.  It was a very real revelation that we are merely physical bodies, that from our creation, the Lord made as part of Himself – there is no “me” – we are all pieces of Him.  He didn’t just make us in his image – we ARE Him.  He uses this physical body that we call “me” and lets us think for a while that we are our own little person.  When he created us, he put a piece of himself in this body.  The reality is there is no “me” – it has always been him, waiting for us to realize this.  It’s as if He just awakened inside of me and said “Hey, thanks for hosting me.”  One of the most important things we have to do in this life is realize “how can I get out of the way so He can use “me” for his purposes?”  The obstacles, hardships, strife, etc., that we go through are more than just him preparing us for the next step in our spiritual growth or our walk with him; it is for awakening Him inside of us, to help our human minds deal with the realization that it is Him taking control of what already is – him, using our bodies, for the purposes of his Kingdom.  We struggle with “what should I do about this or that,” but really we should be concerned with “how can I get out of the way so the things of the Lord can happen; how can I quiet this human mind from worrying about things so that the Lord can take over and just get the things done.” 

The lyrics from the song “I Will Walk with Thee” came to mind in the dream: “I am not mine own, I’m yours; I was bought on Calvary.” In a sense, this song isn’t really true.  That is a bold thing to say, but…it is more than us “being saved,”“turning our lives over to Jesus”, or “living for the Lord”, it is us realizing that we really aren’t something separate for him to “buy” or “win” in the first place.  Being “bought” is just something, a step, for our human mind to wrap itself around to come to that realization.  The preparation I mentioned earlier is to get your mind ready to realize the truth that has been from the very beginning and to prepare your spirit for the surrender of that false life you thought was just “you.”

It is common for people to say they’re saved, that they’re living for the Lord, that they are one with the Lord, and they mean it – it’s true.  It is just so much deeper than that.  Where those “sayings” can be viewed as a simple, flat plane, the truth that we really are HIM, is a many dimensional, “spherical,” complicated thing. 

I  dislike using movies, etc., to emphasize things of the Lord, but it makes me think of Harry Potter and the horcruxes.  Whatever they are, I don’t remember… they’re not simply a necklace, or a diary – they are Voldemort/Harry as a separate entity from themselves, but still an actual part of them.  They get destroyed; he gets destroyed- because they are the same.  We are an actual physical/spiritual part of the Lord, he is literally inside of us and part of us – we are the same, just in separate entities.   

 

The End of All Conflict — The Revealing of the Sons of God

There is something troubling about the Islamic terrorism sweeping the earth. It is militant and aggressive and is not going away. It would be erroneous, however, to simply call it evil and driven by the devil. Political correctness tells us how peaceful the Muslims are and how it’s possible to coexist and live side by side in harmony. But the Scriptures do not bear this out. We need to look to the root of not just Islam, but the culture and bloodline that perpetuates it.

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Ressurection

 It’s commonly preached in mainstream Christianity that if we accept Christ and are “good” Christians, we will go to heaven as a reward. This is a universally accepted axiom. But nowhere in the Scriptures does it say our reward for accepting Christ is “going to heaven”. What does “going to heaven” mean anyway? People like to quote from the KJV of the Bible the passages in John 14:2:

¶  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

From these verses Christians take comfort in knowing that there is a “mansion” laid up for them in “heaven.” However, the Greek word for mansion, mone, is better translated abiding place. In the Father’s house are many abiding places. In God there are many levels of Spirit we can live on. Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for us, and He would come again and receive us to Himself, that where He was we would be also. “Oh, that mean’s He is going to come and take us with Him to heaven.” No. Let’s read the verses that follow the above passages. Continue reading

Resurrection Fulfillment

 Heb. 11:5:

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Enoch was translated. He was taken by God. He did not see death as we know it. But here’s the thing: The entire emphasis of Heb. 11 is faith. Many great and wonderful things were accomplished through faith. But in spite of the great faith and accomplishments of past saints, there lies a fulfillment beyond what they experienced. This is what the last two verses of the chapter emphasize: Continue reading

IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE ONE

Heb. 11:

39  And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,

40  because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.

12:1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us…

These verses are difficult to understand although they are mentioned frequently when addressing sonship. What is the writer really saying here? There must be the merging of two worlds, the seen and unseen. Until the gap is bridged between the natural and the spiritual, a conjunction of two worlds, the plan of God remains uncompleted. I don’t know if we have fully understood why the cloud of witnesses apart from us are not made perfect. It’s because that which is separate must be merged into one. We could turn that passage around and say we are not made perfect apart from those who have gone on before. We stand on one side of the veil, they on the other. While this separateness may be theoretical, (we like to say, “Hey, we are all one in the Spirit), it’s real to the extent we have not fully experienced the oneness we talk so much about. This is why we must experimentally break through the illusion of the veil that separates the seen from the unseen. When we stand fully in both awareness and experience of the merging of two realms, then we will have the fulfillment we have hungered for. Then comes about the fulfillment of these passages from 1st Cor. 15: Continue reading

THE GLORIES TO FOLLOW

 There is a realm we have yet to fully enter. It’s the realm of reality beyond process. As we know, the realm of process is valid and binding to those who live in it. It’s the realm Christianity has lived in since Jesus died on the cross. Maturity has been a process of growing spiritually and progressively seeing the work of the cross have its way in our lives. You have to be 18 before you can be 21, right? Only in the realm of process is this true.

Maturity is going to be defined differently. We have not seen yet what maturity will mean in the realm beyond process. We who have been walking the process road into maturity must break through. But once the breakthrough fully comes, the sky is the limit as far as becoming goes. We have barely scratched the surface of the ministry of impartation. We don’t know yet the wonder and glory of how people will change and mature through pure impartation. Continue reading

THE LAND OF THE LIVING

There are seasons we go through in which God exposes the shame and corruption of the adamic nature within us. It is a necessary ordeal but not a pleasant one. God has a way of seemingly wiping the canvas clean, leaving nothing of His previous work. We are left with nothing to fall back on, nothing to draw on as a present reference point. It’s a time of all things being made new.

 These seasons of exposure are very difficult. If we walked by our feelings we could say we feel rejected and abandoned. This is because we sense the corruption and reproach of the Adamic nature very deeply. This is exactly what Jesus felt on the cross as He bore the sins of the world. “My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken Me,” was His cry. It would be easy to despair and thus comes about a fulfillment of the passage from Mat. 5:4: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  The grieving and mourning over what we see of ourselves is also linked to another of the Beatitudes: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Continue reading

WE WILL NOT BE ABANDONED

Psalm 27:

1 ¶  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?

2  When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.

3  Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident.

4  One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.

5  For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.

6  And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

7 ¶  Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice, And be gracious to me and answer me.

8  When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”

9  Do not hide Your face from me, Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not abandon me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation!

10  For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the LORD will take me up.

11  Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a level path Because of my foes.

12  Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.

13  I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.

14  Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

 Mystically, this psalm is about resurrection. Like so many of David’s psalms, it speaks prophetically beyond his own present circumstances. Verses 1-3 describe quite accurately the battle against sons breaking through to completion. It’s the revelation of the Lord’s acceptance of us that becomes the defense against all the accusations of satan. “The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?” It doesn’t matter if the accusations against us are true or not. Of course they are true! But satan has a way of accusing us while conveniently leaving out the revelation of the grace of God. He will never emphasize God’s provision for us, only our failures and weaknesses. The bottom line victory of sonship is this: Continue reading

JONAH

All the world flees from the presence of the Lord. It is the innate thing down in the adamic nature that will not face Him. The fallen nature would rather live in a world filled with all the heartache, sorrow, tragedy, pain and suffering that exists than face His presence. Why? The adamic nature cannot bear to face its shame and corruption so it hides. Even all the aforementioned horrors are more acceptable than facing His presence. In its hidden state, the adamic nature has a certain peace. It is not confronted. It can sleep and be at rest even in the midst of the greatest storms. The suffering and pain, which are inevitable in this world, are preferable to the confrontation with the presence of the Lord. Even in it’s most agonizing moments, such as the death of loved ones or some other personal tragedy, it holds tightly to its independence and existence apart from God. There is no tragedy so great as to forfeit its own life by facing His presence. We see this principle expressed in Rev. 6: Continue reading

What Is A Living Word?

What is a living word? I suppose there are as many answers to that as there are Christians who think they are speaking one. A living word is not simply an utterance from God. It’s not what some would call an anointed word. It’s not just the Scriptures. It’s not speaking revelation given by the Holy Spirit. What then is a living word? A living word is the word made flesh. We speak a living word when we have first become that word. When we become the word, its Christ life, His very nature, ministering through us. Continue reading

The Godly Seed

In the physical realm, it is a man’s natural fluids that impregnate a woman. In the realm of Spirit, however, it’s the living Word of God that creates life. The living Word is the seed from which all divine life flows.

 1st Pet 1:

23  for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

24 ¶  For, “ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF,

25  BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.” And this is the word which was preached to you. Continue reading

The Lord Is Our Shepherd

There is a principle in God that certain truths only have their application as we mature into them. They cannot be assumed just because we are Christians. One such example is the need of shepherding. When we are spiritually immature we very much need the guidance and direction of those whom God has designated shepherds. “Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me…” The rod and staff of God in our lives is expressed through those channels raised up to shepherd us. But as we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ our needs change. As the word begins to live in us, it becomes our shepherd. Its one thing to have the word ministered to us, its quite another for that word to penetrate deep into our spirits until we are one with it. The process of spiritual growth is one of gaining the capacity to digest and become the word that God is speaking. It is through many trials and testings that His word is worked experimentally into our lives. Continue reading

His Word: The Delight of Our Lives

Jer. 15:16:

Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.

It is the word in us that creates the joy in our lives. It is not a word we receive casually though. It’s the word that has taken root in our spirits through much opposition that creates the delight of our hearts. Continue reading

The Prophetic Christ

Ex. 20:

18 ¶  All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance.

19  Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.”

20  Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.”  Continue reading

The Sovereignty of His Grace

Posted by Sylvester

I believe we have come very close to the breakthrough into the resurrection life. Generations have yearned to breakthrough into it but couldn’t. As I sat down to reflect on all the past generations that couldn’t breakthrough into it, one thing kept becoming real to me, and it’s about the sovereignty of His grace. Continue reading

The Days of Spirit

Posted by Sylvester Ofori-Atta

The days of the spirit are here. There is an increased manifestation of the flesh in the times that we live in. The Spirit is at war with the flesh. The false always precedes the truth. Thus, the manifestation of the flesh has preceded the true manifestation of the days of the spirit life. No wonder we notice so easily the manifestation of the deeds of the flesh all over the world. They are so evident and tangible. This is a sign that the days of the spirit are here!! It is time to experience this day. Our focus must change; OUR THINKING MUST ALSO CHANGE. The increase of the manifestations of the flesh should announce to us that there is an increased manifestation of the spirit life to be experienced now. Being spiritual and not religious is a necessity in the days that we live in.

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Facts About Africa

FACTS ABOUT AFRICA- PART 1

1. Africa is the second largest of the earth’s seven continents and makes up approximately 22% of the earth’s total land area.

2. With the inclusion of the disputed Western Sahara territory and the island nations off the continental coast, there are a total of 54 independent nations in Africa.

3. The current population of Africa is nearly one billion people. Due to rapid population growth in the continent over the last 40 years, its general population is relatively young. In many African states, more than half of the population is under the age of 25.g

4.Africa is the most centrally located of all of the continents with both the prime meridian (0 degrees longitude) and the equator (0 degrees latitude) passing through it.

5. The primary region of Africa is often called sub-Saharan Africa and excludes the mostly Islamic countries of North Africa: Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. Sub-Saharan Africa includes 42 nations on mainland Africa and the six island nations.

Life in Africa

Posted by Sylvester

Africa is the most looked down upon among the continents of the world in which we live. It is the least place in this world where people would like to live. Over the years, the media outside this continent have succeeded in portraying the African continent as the most miserable place on the earth, or even the hell on earth. It is even sad to hear people outside this continent say that people on the African continent live on trees and as such, behave as monkeys.

Through all the perceptions leveled against this continent, it is the African continent that preserved our Lord Jesus Christ when he was on earth. It was Africa that opened her mouth to swallow Jesus when he was attacked by Herod and his army. Africa is the place where the moves of God are preserved. Any move of God birthed on this continent thrives. I believe Africa is the only place of safety and security when the “Herods” of this time also attack the moves of God now.  Africa was also used to feed and preserve the world when God sent his people into Africa to preserve them from famine in Joseph’s time. There are a lot of conflicts here because the enemy knows this is the place of safety. It has been the character of God to always major most at the least considered places. The glory of light is darkness, thus God’s glory will be seen where everyone in this world tags it as the Dark Continent. Thus, Africa has been God’s agenda to showcase his glory on the earth. Africa gave to God when he needed security the most when he was on earth, thus the continent demands from God to also give back to us.

Africa is noted for its superstitious nature. It is a land of worship. Africa believes in spirituality more than science; no wonder people outside this continent see this place as dark looking in the 21st century of this world. The primitiveness of this continent centers on our perception of things. But gradually things are changing. Africa would rather seek “superstitious” understanding in all things rather than the scientific perspective. The earth itself is full of spirit. Thus there are various witchcrafts,  occults, and fetishism on the continent. For example, a few years ago if a farmer planted crops and it did not yield, he would rather resort to praying or pouring libation, or would do anything spiritual that he believes in for the crops to grow rather than approaching the unyielding crops from a scientific perspective; that is, by checking the type of soil in which he planted them. It really sounds crazy but that was the belief. It’s been changing for about 30 years now.

We have yearned for God so much as a continent, in a both genuinely wrong and good ways. There is something that rises in Africans just to worship. One cannot run away from the fact that Africa has its own problems. Our greatest problem has been with our leadership, especially those in charge of our government and politics. Our leaders have deprived us of our inheritance by their own selfishness and mismanagement of nature. Africa has been deprived of generational leaders who would not only think about the future. In our quest to develop we have also copied the western world blindly.

It is said that African leaders are the most corrupt. What a contradiction!! If the most corrupt leaders are from Africa, where do they get the resources to be corrupt? It is the richest continent in the world, yet the poorest. We have every resource but because of ignorance and bad governance, Africans are being exploited on their own resources.
Can any good thing come out of Africa? I believe so. What I believe God has been doing in the past few years is helping Africans to renew their minds to affect his agenda on earth. I think one day Africa would rise up to be the superpower of this world. It may sound funny, but I believe. It is said that Africa is 1000 years behind the Western world. God is waiting for Africa to rise up; the agenda of God is birthed from Africa. . If Africa would rise one day, then Africa must give in its poverty rather than waiting to be given to. The world is in trouble but everyone think the world should help Africa. What a deception. The more Africa receives the more Africa would be poor. Africa must give in spite of their poverty. God expects more from Africa than any other continent, because Africa has been given more in terms of resources. To whom much is given, much more would be required. But Africa is ignorant that it is sitting on something God is waiting to
show forth. The economic and spiritual capital of the world is going to be Africa! Africa is full of energy and resources.

There is no glory going to rise in Africa if Africans don’t rise to shine forth. God is taking time to raise Africa. Africa is where God started; bible scholars and historians say that the Garden of Eden was placed somewhere in Africa. Africa must rise up to be what God has destined it to be regardless of the present realities on the continent.
It is possible!!!!!

I am a proud son of Africa. God bless my homeland Africa.

Africa’s Praying

Africa’s Praying

Let justice shield us
Yes indeed, be our defense
In this land
In Africa

Let there be a rain of blessing
Yes indeed, abundance in our store house
In this nation
In Africa

Heal our land, give us a cure
Unveil our vision
In this land
In Africa

Forgive us our debts
We are born debtors
In this land
In Africa

We will always remember your praise
When we walk in liberty
Oh Thou our God
In Africa

Let us lead again, with treasures
As in the days of old
This land
In Africa

We pray thee of highest heavens
We ascribe you all the greatness
We in this land