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The Love of Christ contrains us…

For if we be beside ourselves, it is for God; if we be soberminded, it is for your cause .For the love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge that if One died for all, then all were dead; and that He died for all, that those who live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him who died for them and rose again. (2 Cor 5:13-15)

You cannot lead God’s people effectively if you don’t love them. Here Paul tell us not only that the love of Christ compels him to serve God’s people, but WHY it compels him.

They were all dead in sins and trespasses, and were now alive in Christ. Imagine for a moment if a dearly loved family member suddenly died, but then was brought back to life. How would you respond? How would you relate to them? Would you go on as if nothing happened, or would you want to make the most of your time with them because you got them back from the dead? Would you believe that they’d been returned to you for no particular reason or purpose at all?

Most likely you’d believe there had to be some purpose in it, and likewise, God has been purposeful in redeeming His people. Leaders, these people were brought from death to life! It is therefore of utmost importance that, as a leader, you do what you can to be sure that they can live unto Him who died for them and rose again. What can you do to help them in the journey to their God-ordained destiny?

God never resurrects something for it to be useless and without purpose. Remember this today, that there are no idle details in your life.

Little flock, you were dead, but now you live. Get busy living.

Mastering the Art of Prophetic Disclosure

It’s not enough to have heard or otherwise perceived something prophetically. We must also know when to diclose what God has revealed, to whom it is to be disclosed, and how that disclosure is to take place.

What IS Legalism, Really?

 

I hear so many people use the term ‘legalism’ pretty loosely, and usually it’s when they’re talking about something they don’t like in the Bible. Let’s discuss what it really is.

What to do when a prophetic word FAILS to come to pass


 

Over the years I’ve run into many people who were disappointed, disillusioned, discouraged and disgusted because of how so many prophecies fail to come to pass in the church. So often when this is addressed, if it’s addressed at all, they are given excuses or are blamed for the prophetic word’s failure. But is it always the receiver’s fault?

Let’s talk about why prophetic words fail and what to do about it.

The Dirt on Church Hurt


 

I have heard so many leaders talk about people getting hurt in the church, but nearly all the discussion was limited to blaming the people who were hurt, ridiculing them, or making weak arguments as to why they just need to come back to the local church. Let’s have a real talk about why ‘church hurt’ happens and what we can do about it.

What to do when a Prophetic Word FAILS to come to pass


 

 
It often happens that a prophet delivers a word which fails to come to pass, and the recipient of the word is either blamed for not having enough faith, or for not meeting the ‘conditions’ of the prophecy, even if those conditions were never stated. So then, what are we in the church to do when this happens?

Why NO WEAPON formed against you shall prosper


 

 
Many of us are familiar with Isaiah 54:17 but we often don’t know what it really means. Let’s talk about how God set you up to WIN!

Why YOU aren’t Prospering


 

 
Have you ever wondered why it is so many prophets try to convince you that they key to your prosperity it giving THEM money, yet year after year, decade after decade the saints stay broke? Let’s discus the REAL reasons why you’re not prospering the way you could be, and how to turn that around NOW.

Delusions, Confusion and Prophetic Collusion


 

There’s a whole lot of crazy stuff that goes on in prophetic ministry. The other day I had some prophet telling me that their nonsensical ‘prophecy’ was ‘the teacheth of the Holy Spirit,’ and further informed me that God had said so… let’s talk.

Don’t let anyone take your crown!

Do you know YOUR mission?

The mission of the church was never to merely build impressive buildings in which we can gather together for an entertaining time of shallow ‘worship,’ and preaching that is more motivational than it is foundational.
 
Leaders, will you dare see beyond your own motives, past your own goals, and even beyond your well-meaning but limited present perception of the vision God gave you?
 
I challenge you this day to turn down your plate, get on your face, and clear your calendar to seek God like never before.
 
Can you become desperate for a depth of fellowship with God rarely seen in this world, one that will transform our lives, family, and ministries into the unshakable, undeniable, incorruptible, sick-healing, demon-vanquishing, blind eye opening, miracle-working, dead raising light of the world that it could be if we could only just get delivered from US?

Stop chasing prophecies!

God never intended for you to be chasing after a prophetic word every day. This insatiable addiction to prophecy I’ve seen in churches and in Facebook groups is not from God, and it renders people highly susceptible to seduction by the familiar spirits that some ‘prophets’ move in.
To some extent this happens because the leadership of the segment of the church which believes in the prophetic has created a dependency which gives the prophet an idolatrous place in the life of the believer.

Feeling discouraged and need a boost? In 1 Samuel 30, when David and his men returned to Ziklag to find that the enemy had burned their homes and taken their families captive, his men started talking about stoning him, because they clearly blamed him for being away from home when the enemies came. He didn’t go looking for a prophet to comfort or encourage him:

 

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. (1 Sam. 30:6)

Later in the chapter, he DOES inquire of the Lord for himself, not for encouragement, but for direction. He then takes his men and goes after the enemy. The recover EVERYTHING, and take additional spoils. David then uses his share of the spoils to send gifts to the leaders of Israel in the towns and cities David frequented.
What can we learn from this? The answer to your need for encouragement isn’t always in some prophet, but often in your own mouth, and when you ACT on the word of the Lord, God will position you not just for restoration, but for promotion, IF we ACT, and then use the fruit of our action to bless OTHERS.
When David sent those gifts, it wasn’t just about their inherent value. It also made a statement: I’m your king, I fight OUR enemies, and when I do, I do it for YOU, too… that even when David was fighting for his family and the families of his men, he still thought of the rest of Israel and its leaders. This communicated to them that they could trust David to think of them, even when handling his own personal business.
Are you called to leadership? Stop chasing prophecies, and ACT on the prophetic words you’ve been given already. God and his prophets will still have more to say.

Romans 9 – The Sovereign Grace of God in Christ

Grace isn’t just forgiveness and forbearance, it is the divine influence which is intended to bring the Lordship of God into our life. You don’t have to live in defeat, because Christ provided not only forgiveness, but the power to become the sons of God. Let’s talk.

 

Romans 8 – Free from the Law of Sin and Death!

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)

What does it really mean to have been made free from the Law of sin and death? What does this imply for us as believers? Should our life consist of continual defeat and sin, or continual victory? Let’s discuss how Jesus Christ made victory possible, probably, even inevitable to those who surrender their life to God through Him.

Romans 7 – The MYTH of the Dual Nature

For so long, many of us in the church have been taught that we have a dual nature, and that we just can’t stop sinning. Usually, Romans 7 is cited as the ‘proof’ of this, when, in fact, Romans 7 describes live WITHOUT JESUS CHRIST. How do we know this? Romans 8 goes on to tell us that we’ve been freed from the law of sin and death described in Romans 7. Let’s talk!

My simple approach to seeking God

Do you REALLY want to know God?

Proverbs 25:2 tells us:

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

There are things God will want you to seek and search out, and knowing Him is one of them. The carnal mind will balk at this idea, dismissing it as ‘religious,’ when the truth is that when you truly desire intimacy with God the hours you might spend in prayer, study of the word, and worship will fly by. They do not become a matter of ritualistic duty but rather they are driven by passion to know Him.

Now, it may not begin that way. Indeed, you may need t wean yourself off self-indulgent habits which render you ‘too busy’ to be so ‘religious.’ You may have to lock yourself in a room, remove the distractions and force yourself to pray at first because sometimes this beast we call the flesh can be wild and unwilling to be tamed, and very often God will leave up to you to die daily, not to prove anything to Him, but to reveal to YOU the true condition of your heart toward Him.

This process doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be this simple:

1. Set aside time to read the Bible daily. Take your time going through it, consider the words, weigh them in your heart and mind, reflect upon them, pray them back to the Lord.

2. Pray. It’s probably impossible to pray too much. Set aside specific time for prayer, but also pray when you’re driving, pray when you’re cooking, when you’re exercising, when you’re cutting the grass, changing the baby, cleaning the house, on your way to a meeting. Don’t ask for stuff. Communicate with God, ask Him questions about Him. Moses, after seeing the 10 plagues and watching the Red Sea part, still said ‘SHOW ME YOUR GLORY.’

3. Spend time in worship, with no agenda. Remember that the Lamb is worthy of more honor, love, and glory than we could ever bestow upon Him. He is WORTHY whether He answers you or not. The Lord of all creation is above every praise anyone could ever utter, and yet he longs for intimacy with us. Consider the magnitude of this when you worship.

Are leaders EXEMPT from criticism?

I often hear or read of leaders using phrases like ‘touch not mine anointed,’ or ‘who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?’ to silence criticism, and over the years I’ve noticed a disturbing tendency: Leaders in the Western church have become very adroit at evading any meaningful accountability, often claiming that only other leaders will hold them accountable, which usually reminds me of certain government agencies investigating themselves and finding that they did nothing wrong… Some go so far as to say that they are only  accountable to God. Are church leaders right to shield themselves from accountability which comes from those under their authority? Let’s find out what the Bible has to say. about this.

Social Media Ministries are causing a Panic!

 
Popular preachers like Jonas Clark have been for some time writing articles about how social media ministries are somehow renegades and not real ministries if they are not part of the institutional church system. In one recent article, Clark seems to suggest that those who minister via social media without being connected to a local church, or without immediate local accountability, have a ‘jezebel’ spirit. In this video, we examine this logic and see if it really makes sense.

Does God disapprove of those who minister primarily or only via social media?

Does a minister have to be a member of a local church or accountable to local church authority?

Does having local church membership prove the validity, authenticity, and soundness of a ministry?

Some Biblical leaders who were not a part of the religious system of their time include Amos, John the Baptist, and Jesus.

In the case of Jesus, the religious establishment had him crucified! Let’s talk.

Walking in the FAVOR of God

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Many of us have been taught to believe that God’s favor is something to be earned, and this is a grave error that damages our relationship with God. While there are things which we may do which will result in God’s blessing, His favor is already ours, having been earned by Jesus Christ at Calvary. In this Youtube video, we examine WHAT the favor of God is, how the Bible defines it, and how it can manifest in your life.

Who are YOU worshipping?

And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. (Rev. 22:8-9)
 
That Lou Engle will allow people to bow down to him, and that ANY ‘leader’ on the platform would allow this to happen, is a direct contradiction to the word.
 
THIS is what you’re defending when you tell me I’m wrong about these people.

In today's church, we can violate the first commandment and call it revival.

In today’s church, we can violate the first commandment and call it revival.

Hebrews 4: Enter into HIS Rest!


Just as God rested from His works on the sabbath, we have been given rest from the works of sin, self-will, and all of the damage and drama life has thrown at us. It’s time to really lay it all down at the cross.

Leadership, giving and Christian Community


As Paul wraps up his letter to the Corinthians, he leaves some instructions through which God tells us a great deal about how we are to lead, give, and relate to one another.

Sex, Marriage and Practical Sanctification


Sex was never meant for men and women: it was made for husbands and wives. In this chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul addresses marriage and sexuality in the light of practical sanctification. Let’s talk about what god has to say about the institution He created.

1 Corinthians 6 – Practical Sanctification: You’re free to be HIS!


When the saints try to say áll things are lawful,’and thereby try to give themselves permission to do as they please, I know they don’t understand the Bible. However, I blame the preachers for this, because as a group we’ve done a really bad job of explaining liberty in Christ.  Let’s talk.

Why Joseph Prince is going to Hell


I know. That sounds harsh. But Jesus told those who refused to believe Hi that they would die in their sins, eve though they were of the seed of Abraham, men He’d come to save. So, des a man truly believe Christ if he contraicts Jesus outright? In Revelation 2:17, Jesus makes it clear that the Holy Spirit can and does convict believers of sin, and does point out their faults, so Joseph Prince is teaching a lie…

1 Corinthians 5 – Practical Sanctification: Dealing with Immorality IN the Church


Whenever I hear a Christian say ‘Only God can judge me,’ I’m pretty sure they didn’t read 1 Corinthians 5 closely or even at all. Why? Because in this chapter Paul addresses the fact that the church MUST judge those who claim to be brethren but who refuse to depart from sin. Let’s talk.

STOP Selling Prophecies!

1 Corinthians 4 – Practical Sanctification and Spiritual Fatherhood


Paul finds himself having to defend his stewardship of the gospel to makes his point as to why the Corinthians ought to take heed to what he’s saying… and throughout this chapter we come to understand the role of apostolic authority and the responsibility of leadership in the process of sanctification and maturity.

1 Corinthians 3 – Practical Sanctification


Paul continues to address issues of spiritual immaturity and his desire for them to move on from the basic principles of the faith. Let’s talk about spiritual maturity!

Practical Sanctification, Part 2


In this video we continue our discipleship series on 1 Corinthians in chapter 2, where Paul sets forth the basis of the faith, and, consequently of sanctification: the power of God. Join Sam Medina for a simple, but powerful Bible teaching.