Burning Hearts

The adamic nature in us is slow to believe and grasp the realities of God in a present manifestation. This is precisely what Jesus told the men on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection. “And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!”

Jesus eventually opened the eyes of these two men to see Him in a present manifestation. This must be our experience also. Continue reading

Standing

A post by Charles Carter.

In a very real way, we are in the time Peter found himself, when the Lord told him, “before the cock crows you will deny you know me.”   We are in that stage of the game now,  this is where the rubber meets the road.   Are we really disciples of Christ or has this been just a religious game?   Peter thought he loved the Lord, and that he was ready to die for Him or even in His place, but when he was confronted by it, when it really went down, and somebody saw Peter and said, “you were with Him,” he said, no, you didn’t see ME with Him, I don’t know Him.”  It was suddenly not popular at all to be seen with the Lord.  And if I am not mistaken, it was not all that long before that when Jesus rode in on a donkey and people were speaking of Him in adoring terms, but suddenly, it was not politically correct to be a follower of Christ, Peter had to make a choice, and he failed just as Jesus said he would.

I am praying that I will not fail, when I am sifted as wheat.  I have been sifted before, and I failed before.   But that was then, this is now.

The Stone Cut Out Of The Mountain

We are all familiar with how Paul likened our various physical body parts to the function of the spiritual body of Christ. For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.

 This characterization of how many parts make up the whole is also expressed in how we are to be living stones being built together into a holy temple for God’s habitation. Continue reading

Beyond Revelation

There is a realm in which we grow strong in faith. It is the realm beyond revelation. In this realm it’s not taken for granted that the word will come to pass. It is a deliberate choosing to believe the word, to believe what God has revealed about Himself and whatever vision He has put into our hearts. This is a realm God brings us into. We find we are no more rejoicing in just the revelation that He has revealed. Almost imperceptibly we find the earnest expectation, the determination to believe, entering our hearts. It is the same path Abraham walked. In speaking of Abraham, Rom. 4, says: Continue reading

Hold Isaac In Your Arms

A quote by John Robert Stevens:

“By faith you can hold in your arms the unborn Isaac, the hope and expectancy of all that you believe for your life. If it is delayed, wait for it; it will come. Reach into it by faith and possess it right now. While you are waiting for your promise it may seem as if you have been walking around Jericho for six days; nevertheless, the seventh day is a winner. People on the walls may be laughing as you walk around on that seventh day, but with just a little more faith and a little more perseverance, the walls will come down.
After you have been knocked down a number of times, you might think you are getting a real beating. Actually, you are wearing out your opponent. You have only begun to claim the good promises of the Lord.”

Just The Word

For the little children
even upon the gentlest slopes
every step of the way
is a word of encouragement.

For the seasoned climbers
making their final ascent
upon the peaks of Mt. Zion
there is no encouragement at all –
just the Word.

Repentance

The means to repentance is very misunderstood. Repentance is not the result of making someone feel guilty. Repentance is not beating someone over the head with their own guilt and shame until they recant. Repentance cannot be forced upon anyone, ever. Repentance is, in fact, the love and mercy of God in operation. It leads people out of death into life. Repentance is always the result of the revealing of God’s presence to us. It’s only when we are exposed to His goodness and righteousness that we are humbled and desire to change. Continue reading