Sonship

Matthew 23:9And do not call anyone on earth your father, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.”

When asked which is the greatest commandment God has given, Jesus said, “to love Him.” A person’s love for God is directly proportionate to their knowledge of Him. This is why knowing your heavenly Father is everything.

My motivation for what I do is my love for my Father. I want to honor Him. I want to glorify Him. I want to share His goodness. I want to share His love. What would it be like if everyone knew God as Father?

In the western church the orphan spirit outwardly professes God as Father, but the internal experience is in contradiction to that belief, looking to performance, praise of man, and other idols. Love is not something you get; it is something you receive, and you receive it from your Father in heaven.

When you see yourself as a son or daughter your behavior changes without receiving any rules. The power of God’s love is amazing.

The orphan heart and the heart of sonship

Regard No One According To The Flesh

[Message given at Momma Jo’s, at the Andre House in Phoenix, October 2018]

Good morning brothers and sisters.  I want to share a testimony and a message about who God is, about who we are, and truth that sets us free.  No matter who you are, no matter what you believe, no matter what you do or what you’ve done, Jesus loves you.

I’m asking you to open up your hearts and hear what God is saying to you.  After I share this message I am going to invite you up to join me for prayer.  I believe that the Word of God will speak to many of you, and if anything I am saying is stirring your heart, please come boldly, and we will go to our heavenly Father together in prayer, believing through faith, that Jesus will come to restore your life and heal your heart.

Before Jesus came into my life five-and-a-half years ago I viewed other people as rivals, threats, competitors, obstacles, pawns, and pieces of meat for my consumption.  I regarded people as objects that either threatened my selfish desires or served them.  The Word of God tells us that the thief came to steal, kill, and destroy.  I didn’t know truth and I didn’t know love—I didn’t know Jesus.  I didn’t have wisdom, I didn’t have understanding.  I didn’t know how to give love and I didn’t know how to receive love. Continue reading “Regard No One According To The Flesh” »

To Destroy The Works Of The Devil

Before Christ came into my life seven years ago, I was clothed in the garments of lust, greed, and pride.  I made most of my decisions based on my emotions—based on what I felt; and I lived to avoid pain and gain pleasure.  My heart was a fountain of wickedness—idolizing and chasing after the things I coveted with no regard for offense against my Creator.

I didn’t know covenant love, nor did I know truth.  As a result, I was always trying to get love; I  recklessly pursued belief-systems and adopted paradigms that would enable and advance my sinful, selfish desires.  The many false beliefs I had presumed about God, others, and myself, allowed lies to operate in my life—creating division and separation, as well as destruction in the lives of others.

Because of my sin, wounds, and false beliefs, I was bound in shame.  As a result, I was always trying to cover, hide, escape, and control my shame. Continue reading “To Destroy The Works Of The Devil” »

Repentance: Confess & Forsake

I was a blasphemer and enemy of God my whole life until Father God drew me to Lord Jesus at age forty-five and I was radically converted to Christ.  At that time I had been living on the street for three years, addicted to alcohol and meth, stealing every day, hating myself and others, and crossing boundaries I never thought I would cross in my life—I was greatly demonized and my heart was set on evil.

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By Faith We Shall Live

In the season of trials I have experienced since the beginning of 2018 God has been dealing with the pride of my heart and teaching me that the righteous shall live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38).  In fact, without faith it is impossible to please God; for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

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The Sacrifices Of God Are A Broken Spirit

Man must have a knowledge of self before he is willing to surrender self to God.

Do you see it?  Do you see how we must suffer in our own wisdom and strength before we are prepared for God to reveal Himself to us?  We must first labor in the futility of our own limitations and depravity before we see our need for Christ.  Brokenness is the critical part of transformation as God uses it to strip us of self-sufficiency.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise (Psalm 51:17).  It is important to understand that brokenness looks differently for every person, but ultimately it is driven by shame and affliction.
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A Fourfold Salvation

Adapted From A. W. Pink’s, A Fourfold Salvation

Before Christ came into my life I didn’t really have a clear understanding of what the word “salvation” meant.  I had heard of the “Salvation Army,” and recalled seeing or hearing the term in religious literature or programming, but couldn’t define what it meant if you asked me.

As Father God drew me to Lord Jesus I learned that salvation means deliverance from sin and its consequences, through faith in Christ. Continue reading “A Fourfold Salvation” »

God’s Warnings To The Wild Grapes Of His Vineyard

The six woes of Isaiah Chapter Five (Isaiah 5:8-30) are warnings against the wild grapes of the LORD’s vineyard, concerning the malignant sins of Israel.  Instead of ripe, sweet grapes of justice and righteousness, the people produced wild grapes that were bitter and had a foul odor to them–the fruit of idolatry and corruption.  As a result, God pronounced six severe warnings to the people:

 

1) Woe to the greedy & covetous (Isaiah 5:8-10)

Warning: Woe to those who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is no more room, and you are made to dwell alone in the midst of the land. Continue reading “God’s Warnings To The Wild Grapes Of His Vineyard” »

How do we take our emotions captive to the obedience of Christ?

Transformed Through Truth

In 2 Corinthians 10 we are commanded to take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ by applying truth to lies and false beliefs—in doing so we destroy arguments and every arrogant attitude raised against the knowledge of God.

What I want to look at today is emotions—how do we take our emotions captive to the obedience of Christ?

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Amos: The Universal Justice Of God

The primary theme of the Book of Amos is the universal justice of God.  The Israelites believed that their favored status as the people of God would spare them from His judgment—to the contrary, they would be held more accountable than their neighbors.

Before proclaiming God’s judgment against Judah and Israel, Amos speaks of judgment against six of their neighbors: Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, the Ammonites, and Moab.

The goal of this message is to study God’s judgment of His own people in this era.  Amos 2:6-16 Continue reading “Amos: The Universal Justice Of God” »