What does a real Christian look like

Throughout church history there has been many changes to the perception of what a Christian should look like and should act like.

Well meaning people, myself included, have taken the word of God and tried to give a relevant interpretation to Scripture.

For those whose eyes are not open and those whose spiritual senses have not been activated. They rely upon another person’s vision. Who in turn do the very best they can to in detail describe what a Christian looks like what a Christian acts like and what are the expectations of one who bears the name of Christ Jesus.

Man is the judge of the outward appearance but God is the judge of the heart.

Much of the present church has been divided into two camps. These two camps have their headquarters in extremes.

Camp 1:
You have the very liberal – Rejection of rules, unrestrained and free living. It’s my own journey, it’s my own faith, it’s my own life. Don’t judge me.
Camp motto: God is love full of mercy and grace.
All things are viewed through the lens…we are all Gods people, he loves us, no worries.

Camp 2.
You have the ultra conservative- legalistic rule writing measuring stick watching pharisee.
Camp motto: God is Holy full of righteous Judgement
All things are viewed through this lens… cross the T. Dot the I. Make sure you don’t miss a beat God is always watching.

The motto is true in both camps. They stand firmly upon truth. They are often unmovable because they so strongly believe in their motto. They have both feet upon 1/2 of the revelation.

We see in part and understand in part.

Camp 3- God wants us to be somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. These truths are not opposed to one another. God wants both of these rocks these pillars of truth to be the foundation of every believer. Place a foot firmly upon each motto.

Love-A compelling driving desire for relationship (closeness, fellowship, intimacy- and are culture everything is presumed sexual, this is not in a sexual way but rather affection confidence and strong and strengthening attachment)

1 John 4:7-11
7   Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8   He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9   In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10   Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11   Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Mercy-suspended or stayed and or delayed judgment. You don’t get what you do deserve.

Titus 3:3-5
3   For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4   But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5   Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Grace-transforming power. You get what you don’t deserve.
Grace – unmerited favor
Grace- enabling power

Grace gives the power to be accepted by God even with your past record.

In other words it doesn’t matter who you used to be what you used to do what you used to think about God yourself others or the world around you.

It doesn’t matter because Grace is not only here to justify you. Grace is here to transform you into another image.

So what you look like before the transformation doesn’t matter. His grace is sufficient for you.

I have confidence in his grace
HIs Grace has the power to transform me
It is all sufficient.

Grace gospel that is not transforming is a perverted Gospel.

Grace is our teacher and transforming power

Titus 2:11-15
11   For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12   Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13   Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14   Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15   These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

When you recognize you have missed the mark cry out for Gods grace that you may be transformed into his image.

I do not have confidence in my own will, my own abilities, my own flesh, but I do have confidence in your grace and your all sufficient power to make me into the image of yourself.

Some may trust in horses some may trust in chariots but we will trust in the name of our Lord

Holiness-separated and set apart from the world and from the crowd for a special purpose.
Those that reject holiness have consented to a life of average living. They reject the ability to do things the average person cannot do.

1 Peter 1:13-19
13   Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14   As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15   But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16   Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
17   And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
18   Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19   But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Righteousness-right action from one in a righteous state. None righteous no not one. Our righteousness is but filthy rags

2 Corinthians 5:18-21
18   And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19   To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20   Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21   For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Righteousness is not so much about what you have done, but more about what he has done in you.

We work the works of righteousness only when it is Christ’s work working through us.

Judgement- condemnation and justification.
The applying and the removal of penalty

Temporary judgement and eternal judgement.

Matthew 25:14-30

Matthew 25:23
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Matthew 25:28-30
28   Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29   For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30   And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

We are not free from effort
Our job is
0. To have confidence or faith in Christ Jesus his sacrifice and his grace

0. To have a Clear conscience before God
Perfect before God perfect in conscience sprinkled and removed the evil conscience and replaced with a clear conscience before God

0. Receive sonship and the restoration of sonship by understanding your identity of what Jesus has done and accomplished for you on the cross This brings the best out of you.

0. Deny ourselves and worldly and fleshly lust
0. Be salt and light ambassadors for Christ

Are there areas in your life yet to be yielded.

Opposition to the Word of God and effective preaching 

A traveler was in a foreign land, for the purpose of our story we will call him Jack. One day in a crowd of people a mysterious man approached Jack and whispered something into his ear and walked away. Jack knew that he had been given information that had the potential to change his life forever. The secret that he had been given had the potential to bring health, prosperity, and great freedom to his family and to the world.  As he was pondering the magnitude of the potential of these spoken words, his meditation was interrupted by the screeching of car tires. As He turn towards the noise he realize the car was about to run him over. Quickly he maneuvered out-of-the-way of the reckless car and bearly escaped with his life. Standing to his feet he dusted himself off and went on his way. Moments later he had a strange feeling that he was being followed. As he ducked into a shadow to avoid being seen suddenly a hand covered his mouth and he was dragged to a nearby car gagged and blindfolded. Yesterday life was pretty much normal. What was it that changed, he wondered. Why did people all of the sudden want to destroy me? I dont even know these people,  how could they hate me so much. Why would they be against me? As you ponder these things It suddenly occurred to him. It isn’t me they hate it is the word that I’m carrying. 

The word God is precious.  The word has purpose, it is powerful, and has great potential to prosper those that hear it and hold it. 
Isaiah 55:8-11

8   For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 

9   For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 

10   For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 

11   So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 

God wants His Word to be effective in us. He desires the word to grow and to bear fruit in our lives. 
The Devil wants to stop the Word at every opportunity he is given.  Why?Because faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God.  Satan aggressively attacks at every stage, hoping to stop the word and ultimately destroy faith. 

Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 

Effective preaching has the Potential to prosper. The word is a seed. When properly planted it has the potential to increase faith and therefore prosper the individual, The land in which this individual lives, and the kingdom of God worldwide. 

The word is under attack. It’s not you it’s the word. 

In Luke 8 there is a parable of a farmer who sowed seed in ground of varying conditions. In this parable the seed is the preaching of God’s word. The ground is the hearts of men. 

Often times, when we reflect on this parable, we think of the condition of the heart. Although it is so important to make sure that our heart is ready to receive the word of God, today let’s focus on another aspect of this parable. What are the things that hinder us from growing, prospering, and producing fruit. What is the attack on the word that we must guard against. 

In all of these examples the people heard the word preached. There are some that will reject the initial preaching of the word and the seed is not able to be embedded in the hearts of these individuals. But many of these received the word of God however they did not grow properly and did not produce fruit.  Why?
You are responsible for your own spiritual growth

You cannot blame anyone not the preacher not your brother or sister in Christ not your economic situation not the country that you live and not the family you come from. 

Luke 8 There are 4 stages in this parable. 

Stage 1 The initial planting. Luke 8:5&12

The first seed was cast on the road where people walked on it and the birds stole away. The devil steals the preaching of the word from their heart so they cannot believe the preaching of God’s word and be saved. 
The seed was trampled- No respect for the preaching of the word.  No value in the word. Because The word is not precious to them they don’t treated with the respect it deserves. They are unaware that they are trampling maybe because they were preoccupied with other things. How can you be more focused. Get the sleep you need block out other thoughts that are distracting. 

The seed was stolen- as soon as you get out of church you can’t even remember what was preached. Even one week later you can’t recall what you have learned.  You can combat this by taking notes, reviewing, and meditating

Stage 2 the watering -Luke 8:6&13

Other seeds fell on the rock it grew but then died because it had no water. These people received the word gladly and started to grow. Then they stopped believing and turned away from God in the time of trouble because they did not have deep roots. 

1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 

Water is refreshing. You must hear and hear again. You must have the word continually refreshed by some more similar preaching. 

Psalms 119:9-11 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 

Stage 3 the weeding and protecting the plant- Luke 8:7&14

Other seeds fell among the thorns the seeds grew but then later the weeds choked out the good plants. These people hear the teaching but Worries riches and pleasures of life kept them from growing and they could not produce good fruit. 

Some work has been given to it up to this point. 
Cares – missing and broken things bring cares and concerns. We must weed them out by proclamation of Gods word. 

Riches- you must be careful to still be desperate in your prosperity. False security in wealth and natural strength and power will end in spiritual ruin. You can have wealth and possession as long as they don’t have you. You must learn to depend upon God when there are other things available to turn to. 

Pleasures-  seasons and times of celebration are good but don’t become a pleasure seeker. Excess of entertainment can waste time and resources that can ultimately interfere with your study worship and spiritual growth. 
Stage 4 fruit bearing – Luke 8:8&15

Some seed fell on the good ground The seed grew and made it 100 times more grain. These people were honest in their heart they received the word of God and with patients they produced good fruit. 

Everyone fights through every stage. Those that endure till the end bear fruit. 

This is what you have been waiting for. 
You must pursue growth 

When you hear the preaching of the word it is delivered in seed form. You must make a commitment and put forth the effort necessary to pursue grows in the area which you have received the word seed. 
Some other thoughts to spur growth 

Romans 8

There is now therefore no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus Who walk not according to the flesh but according to the spirit. 

We must recognize where we are. 

We must commit to health plan. The in Jesus plan. His plan is his word 

We must walk it out spiritually and not fleshly. 
I am a temple in which God dwells
I am a gate in which God releases heavenly supernatural power into the earth

Internal blocks have to do with what you believe about yourself about God and the circumstances of life. 

Right believing produces righteous action. 

When you believe right about yourself you will do right. 

When you believe Wright concerning God you will open the door for God’s righteous Ness to be worked in you. 

When you believe right about your circumstance you will operate in corrective action to make your circumstance right. 
We must preach the word of healing
We must administer healing power

We must promote continual healing in our own selves.  

Without condemnation we must recognize where we are. If you have a broken leg and you’re hobbling along no need for ridicule just know you’re hobbling along it’s where you are at this moment. It doesn’t mean you have to stay like this but you must do what is necessary to bring proper healing so in the future you’re no longer hobbling.  

This same principle will work in your emotions in your mental capacity and in your spiritual life

There is now therefore no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus Who walk not according to the flesh but according to the spirit. 

We must recognize where we are. 

We must commit to health plan. The in Jesus plan. 

We must walk it out spiritually and not fleshly. 

Opposing forces to the God vision in your heart


1. God still speaks through vision and dreams. And he will speak through a prophetic people. 
Joel 2:28-32

28   And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 

29   And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 

30   And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 

31   The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 

32   And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. 

2. God is activating the spiritual senses of his people. We must exercise these senses to become mature in Christ. 
Hebrews 5:11-14

11   Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 

12   For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 

13   For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.  

14   But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.   
3. You will have opposition but that is how you will prove his overcoming power 
John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. 
I’m gonna tell you something that’s going to take place but I’m going to tell you this ahead of time because if you will get in me you will have peace. If you stay in me nothing will be missing nothing will be broken….you will be whole… you will remain whole
You can typically tell when God is about ready to do something great….there comes a band of resistance. 
Oppositions

For Abraham it was the land of his fathers

For Moses it was pharaoh 

For Elijah it was Jezebel 

For Jesus it was the religious rulers of the temple 

For Paul it was numerous perils and sometimes prison.  
Cultural wars 

Babylonian culture

Zion culture
Jeremiah 50:10

And Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her shall be satisfied, saith the LORD. 
Chaldea- Jordan,Syria, Iraq

Spoil is the oil 
Genesis 15:7

And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. 
4. Come out from among them. God could not bless Abraham or make a covenant with him as long as he lived in the culture of Babylon. 
Jeremiah 50:44

Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of the strong: but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me?  
He is Babylon 

Her is zion

Dreams
7/22/17

I had a dream that I was building a house and I could not find anyone to build the foundation. I had people to do the framing the roof the interior work but no one wanted to lay the foundation. 
There is no glory in clearing the land

There’s no glory in excavation 

There’s no glory in a hole in the ground. There is no glory in the footer. No casual observer drives by a house and says “wow that’s an awesome foundation. Those concrete blocks just look great.”
The house represents vision. There are many people to finish vision but it’s hard to find someone to plant a vision. 
The thumb of the 5 fold ministry gifts is the apostle. The church planter. 
Jeremiah 1:5-10

5   Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.  

6   Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 

7   But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 

8   Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 

9   Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 

10   See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. 
6. The apostles job is more than digging and planting. It is also excavating. 
Rooting out- there are some deep issues of the past that need to be rooted out. 
Pulling down- there are some lofty attitudes and ideas. Some prideful things some spiritually elevated strongholds that need pulled down 
Destroy- there are some things that are controlling and influencing. Some things that are pulling away your focus from truly being the worshipper of God that you are called to be. 
Throw down- previous structures that look nothing like the plans that God has for you. (sometimes a good renovation is ok…other times the whole thing needs to come down.)
Today we are going to do some excavating.  

7. We can’t build without him

Co laborers. The spirit works with us confirming with signs
Psalms 127:1

..Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:…
Naturally. 

The foundation of this ministry is the youth – 40 years old 

Bearing fruit in a field of tares. 

Matthew 13:24-30
24   Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 

25   But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 

26   But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 

27   So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 

28    He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 

29   But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 

30   Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. 
You are a chosen generation- you are a race made of different races
Church folk like to get around other church folk that believe like they believe that talk their language. 
Most of the time in your life will be spent around Gentile’s…among the unbelievers. 
We must learn to live an upright life in a world of sinners. 

1 Peter 2:12

Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.  
Some Christians want to live right among the church folk but when they get into a crowd of Gentile’s they forget that they’re Christians. 
When you’re in the church you feel the need to act right because you know the other Christians are going to judge you on your behavior. But when they get out into the world….the world’s not going to judge you on your Christian behavior they’re going to except you for who you are not who you pretend to be. So those that don’t live uprightly naturally feel more comfortable in the world then what they do in the church. So, are you most comfortable when you are surrounded by the Gentiles? is that who you really are? What kind of a Christian are you? Are you faking it in church or are you faking it in the world?  
God doesn’t want us to be faking it at all. The church needs to be more companionate and the Christian needs to be bold enough to live right in the world of tares.

Maybe a small bunny trail here…a notable side note:

(Christian, are you Judging to condemnation or are you discerning to edification. 
Think about The Speck and beam parable.  

You need to judge your own Motivation and spirit behind the analyzing of another brothers conduct and the heart. 

Are you wanting to help or condemn that person?)
Tares were planted while the church was sleeping. 

Vs 25   But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 
While men are sleeping life goes on

Sleeping men – unconscious, powerless, insensible- they don’t know nor do they care about what is going on. 
Why is it that we are not seeing a revival. Why is it that the enemy is coming in and bringing destruction to our lives to our cities?

It is not because of our governmental situation. It is not because of our economical situation. It’s not because of our educational situation. 

It is because of our ecclesiastical situation. 
It’s because the church is full of apostates. From the pulpit to the pew we have forsaken what we know. What we have identified as The church are people 

Who know to live better than they’re living

Who know to pray better than they’re praying. Who know to watch better than they’re watching and to give better than they are giving. And to fear better than they’re fearing. 
What are Tares?

Anything that opposes healthy growth and fruitfulness in the people of God. May be opposition that is fleshly, mentally, or spiritually 
Spiritual opposition

Ephesians 6:12

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.    
Soulish opposition

Mark 4:18-19

18   And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 

19   And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.  

-Cares of the world

-Deceitfulness of riches

-Lusts of other things. 
Fleshly opposition 

-Sinful men- wicked and unrighteous men and women may vex your soul as lot who lived in Sodom. 

-A religious spirit- controlling religious leaders- some of your greatest opposition will come from those who claim they are doing the work of God but are operating in a spirit other than the Holy Spirit. 
Acts 17:5-6 Religious leaders moved with envy, hand in hand with the lewd and assaulted the house of God’s righteous in hopes to stop those that are turning the world upside down. 

So we understand what Tares are. We understand the Christian dilemma. We are planted among the tares and there is no escape until the final harvest. 

Since there will be tares until the time of reaping, we cannot use tares as an excuse for an unfruitful lifestyle. 
So how do you bear fruit in a field of tares?
Only the strong survive!

1. Make good use of every beam of light- the word is the light

Receive study and Process the word of God. 
Receive the revival in your own heart

Acts 17:11 Berea- received the word with readiness of mind searched scriptures
2. Drink in every drop of rain

Live in the blessing, the refreshing spirit of God
Gods blessing is upon the righteous 

Walking in His Favor 
Favor- a special attention or preference shown, gracious acts of kindness with rights and privileges granted. 
Who qualifies for God’s favor?

A. Those who are in covenant with him.  

      Genesis 12 

b. The righteous 

      1 Peter 3:12

C. Those who are merciful and speak the truth. 

      Proverbs 3:3-4. 

D. The repenting sinner seeking salvation of the lord. 

3. Fight for your position…give up no ground to your enemy. You must not give any position of opportunity to the devil.

Their is a great cloud of witnesses but there is also an adversary seeking to destroy. You must have a healthy balance of reality. 

Take heed lest you fall

1 Corinthians 10:12

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 

How to Live and be Ready for the Rapture of the church. 

How to Live and be Ready for the Rapture of the church. 
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

15   For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  

16   For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise 

17   Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

18   Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  
Spiritual Preparation & Spiritual Perception…

1. Spiritual preparation 
Matthew 25….10 virgins
They all knew the bride groom was coming
Half of them missed it
What was in common 

They were all expecting his coming 

They all had equipment

They all gathered in the same place

They all heard the call

They all arose to meet him. 

Until close to the end they all look the same. You couldn’t tell who was going to make it and who wouldn’t. 
He took the wise in and then he shut the door. 

There was no second boarding call. 
There is no second shuttle- there’s no I’ll get you next time I come around.  

What was different ?

What they were watching was the only difference 
Matthew 25:13

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. 
5 wise watched up and watched in

5 foolish watched up but not in. 
Many people are suffering from split focus. 

Their eyes are on many things
These foolish people would say I know that he’s coming I know that he’s coming soon I want to be ready when he appears. I am watching for him yet they are not watching with both eyes. 
They were watching up but not in. 
The foolish virgins allowed the oil of their life to dry up. Their flame went out. That which testified of their salvation that which set them apart from the darkness of the world. The light of their spiritual life went out. 
The sad thing is is that they didn’t even recognize it until his appearance. They became so comfortable living in the dim and then in the dark. 
You must watch for him and be ready at his appearance. For when he calls we must have attention upon him and upon our own spiritual condition. 
Preparation has to be made

People always prepare for what is important to them
The foolish virgins showed up at the right place but they were unprepared 

If someone shows up unprepared you can tell the level of priority that they put into what they do. 

Luke 21:34-36

34   And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 

35   For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 

36   Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. 
Watch and pray- they may say they’re watching they may say they’re praying but if their entire focus was upon being ready they would have noticed they didn’t have enough oil to sustain. They might have been watching halfway but they did not pay attention to the contents of their own spiritual condition.  

2. Spiritual perception 
We must become spiritually aware 
Revelation 1:10

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 
There is a difference between being in the spirit and in the flesh. 

Most Christians fluctuate between the two
The Bible says that we are not just to be occasionally in the spirit, But we are to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. 
Walk in the spirit not in the flesh

Galatians 5:16-18

16   This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  

17   For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 

18   But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 
How did you get the spirit?

How do you walk in the spirit?
Galatians 3:1-5

Did you Work hard or hear faith?

You begin with hearing faith 

You mature with hearing faith
If salvation came through hearing faith

The walking and the working of the gifts of the spirit come by hearing faith. 
We must be aware of our spiritual existence
Visual Illustration 
We are a spirit

We possess a soul

We live in a body
Our body has five senses. 

Sight hearing smell taste touch

These five senses are processed through our mind and our memory. 
In the same way our spirit also has senses. 

The senses of your spirit are also processed through your mind and memory. 
What you do in the body affects your mind and spirit
What you do in the spirit affects your mind and body
The language of the head is logical. Reasonable practical makes sense

It is Structured – left brain

The language of the heart is creative spontaneous inspirational full of design -right brain
There is a natural creativity and there is creativity enhanced by the spirit
Art and music is a release of the creative part of your brain. The release of such can be very spiritual. Can originate from the spirit. It can be Godly or it could be demonic. 

The spirit gives impressions, spiritual feelings, spiritual vision, spiritual thoughts. 
Some people have trained themselves to ignore that which did not come to them logically. 
The spiritual person learns and practices. He work on discerning what has come from his spirit what has come from his own emotions and what has come from the devil. 

The Jews use to cover their head with a shaw to pray. By doing this they shut out many of their natural senses. This would help them to focus on their spiritual sense
Watch to see what the Lord will speak to me

Habakkuk 2:1

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.    

We must be spiritually prepared and have spiritual perception to walk in the spirit and be ready for his appearance. 

The manifested Word of God

John 1:1-14

1. The word became flesh.

The spiritual word became the tangible manifested word. The declared word became flesh-Greek word (sarx) living substance

Jesus and the word are one –
Jesus is the word the word is Jesus.

Jesus in the flesh was the manifested uncovered visible tangible word of God demonstrated on the earth.

The word which is spiritual and life-giving became flesh tangible manifested

2. The word is the will of God

John 5:19
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

John 12:44-50
44    Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
45   And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
46   I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
47   And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48   He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
49   For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
50   And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

3. You must be totally reliant on Jesus. You must be totally reliant on the word
In Jesus,- in the word,-is the fullness of God. Everything that you need is in Jesus,-in the word. The answer to every problem is in Jesus,- in the word.

Ephesians 1:19-23
19   And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20   Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21   Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22   And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23   Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

When the word is operating in the body of Christ. The spiritual word becomes visible, and tangible. Jesus is revealed in his fullness.

When you preach Jesus you preach the gospel you preach the word. If you are preaching any word that is not Jesus then you are not preaching the word of God or the gospel. But if you are preaching what is in the word of God then you are preaching Jesus whether it is Old Testament preaching or New Testament preaching you must preach the word which is Jesus.

4. The word has authority

Jesus said all Authority in heaven and in earth is given unto me.

After saying this he then told his disciples to go. He gave the word of authority to them to preach to heal the sick to cast out devils and to announce the coming of the kingdom.

You and I have been given the word. We have been given Jesus.

Matthew 28:18-20
18   And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19   Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20   Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

I am with you always – the word of authority is with us always

I have authority given to me by the word

5. Jesus is the sent word
Psalms 107:20
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

Matthew 8:5-13
5   And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6   And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7   And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8   The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9   For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10   When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11   And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12   But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13   And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

This man understood the relationship between the word and the one who sent it.

When we preach the Word we preach Jesus – we send the word we send Jesus. When we share the word we share Jesus. When you receive the word you receive Jesus.

6. You are born again by the faith you put in Jesus. By the faith you put in the word.

Romans 10:8-10
8   But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9   That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10   For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

You and I are born again through the blood in the word. Now we belong. We are citizens of heaven.

I have a birth certificate which legally proves my citizenship. As a citizen I have rights and some authority that’s been given to me.

I was born again now I am a citizen of heaven I have a legal rights and authority that has been given to me

Satan has no legal rights at all

7. Continue in the word continue in Jesus
John 8:31-32
31   Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32   And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Motivation for Spiritual Increase

Motivation for Spiritual Increase 
Psalms 115 – read the whole chapter

12   The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. 

13   He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.  

14   The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children. 

15   Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth. 

16   The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. 

17   The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. 

18   But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD. 
Fear the Lord- The reverential awe of God. The utmost respect for God.. Respect for his words, respect for His presences, respect for the work of his hands. The fear of the Lord is to love God and Hate sin. 

It is certainly to love what he loves and hate what he hates. To cling to what is good and to push away that which is evil. That you may increase in all good things. 
Ultimately, You must take responsibility for your own increase and spiritual development. 
Now don’t get me wrong God gives the increase… But we are responsible for the planting and the watering. 
1 Corinthians 3:6-8

6   I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 

7   So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 

8   Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 
They are one – one in labor united for increase. You have surrounding you a united support system that is dedicated and focused for your increase and spiritual development. But you still have a responsible part to play. 
You have got come to the fountain and you have to drink. 

It starts with Spiritual discipline and ends in joy. 
Even though you know that if you don’t do it no one else will, you may still struggle with having the motivation. 
It’s like that one room in your home

the garage/ attic, basement or maybe a storage room. Over time things build up, get cluttered, dusty, dirty, 

The place you put all the things you know you need to deal with but for whatever reason you just can’t deal with it right now. 
Unmotivated – lack of interest or enthusiasm 
Why?
Time- this boils down to one thing you don’t feel it is a priority. People make time for what they want to do. 
Ephesians 5:15-17

15   See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 

16   Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 

17   Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 
John 9:4

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 
Overwhelmed – so many things that need to change… Where do I start?
Mark 9:23-24

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 

Unknowledgeable- I don’t know how to fix this. It will take study.  
Hosea 4:6 (KJV)

6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Cycles of lethargy- Seek him diligently 

1 Chronicles 28:9

And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. 
2 Chronicles 15:1-2

1   And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: 

2   And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.  
Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 

The seed is in itself

Genesis 1:11

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.  

If you are in strife you have the seed of strife in you and when you talk you plant it. 
If you are in faith you have the seed of faith that when you speak produces more of what you have

Abiding in God’s Best

Abiding in Gods best
2017 total reliance on God
I’m looking for Gods best – I want to make it into Gods best
God if you don’t do it, I’ll never make it
  Restore spiritual militants – 

Spiritually confrontational. Aggressive in possession of spiritual things
Total reliance – I can only live on what you provide for me… On what comes from you. 
Abiding in Christ

– remain not to depart, endure, continue in Christ 
 John 15

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same

bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing (John 15:5-7)

If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Today the modern church is all about connection. You can be naturally connected spiritually dead
Dead things must be cut off. Pruning and shaping. 
Revelation 3:1. The angel to the church of Sardis
You have a reputation or a name that you are alive but you are dead
What is Gods best for you?
Process to abiding – God for the sinfulness of man sent a savior. Jesus christ died resurrected and ascended into heaven. After which he released an abiding power. The Holy Ghost 
You must be filled continually with his spirit and his word

2017 Total reliance on God

2017 relying totally on God- is Gods plan for you this year
2016 was a year of revelation 
Revealing of the anointed servants of God

Revealing the enemy’s of God and Israel
…God if you don’t save me, I’ll never make it. 

Matthew 24:1-2 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

Prophecy fulfilled 

…Titus Flāvius Caesar emperor of Rome August 30 in the year 70 A.D. (was the very day on which Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed the 1st Temple in 586 B.C.)

Not one stone left was upon another. After the tabernacle of the lord was thrown down the invading army plowed up the foundation. 

They left it with the inability of quick repair. 

….Likewise Satan has attacked the church with the same desire…to leave it without ability to repair quickly. Make no mistake, He wants to tear you down, displace and destroy you. His plan is to attack from the ground up. The Attack is carefully targeted at the foundation. 

The Church (we are the temple)

* is unstable due to a foundation problem. 

*In danger of collapse.  

*Barely hanging on. -most churches if they were honest are barely hanging on. 
*We do not have a surface problem that can be covered by the band aid of religion. 

We have a foundational problem. The foundation of Christianity has been plowed up by invading forces of darkness. 
*We have been expecting the ancient foundation that has been built to uphold the heaviness of our sinful generation. Unfortunately the solid stones that have been cemented into the foundation of our Christian heritage has become brittle Clay and is crumbling under the weight and the heaviness of our sinful culture. Over time the solid tightly pressed foundation has become weekend and gaping holes have started to show. Now there are some things that are creeping in to the house that should have been sealed out and prevented. But The spiritual house is being neglected, the greater part of the foundation is ruined. 
*There needs to be a tearing down of the decayed foundation. We must replace the old with new. We must pour some brand-new foundational walls that will uphold the true church in the last days in which we are living.  
….God if you don’t save us, We’ll never make it. 
What?

What has been eating away and destroying the foundation over time? The Bible gives a natural example of a spiritual concept. 
Matthew 16:6 Sadusees 

Mark 8:15 Herodians 
Leaven causes a breakdown on the molecular level. If you allow leaven (sin) to get in and remain it will change the entire person. 
1. Leaven of pharasees – religious tradition they exalted themselves and belittle others in their own mind… their focus is on their works service or position held in the church and offerings given. Whitewashed tombs. 

Spiritual hypocrisy. They focus on the sins of others but ignore Their own spiritual shortcomings. 

2. Leaven of Sadusees – they don’t believe in the supernatural (I believe in miracles signs and wonders) and they didn’t believe in the resurrection of the dead – The dead in Christ will rise and we which are alive and remain shall be caught up
3. Leaven of the Herodians- supporters of a Jewish state under Herod the king. Politically focused. All about the Natural connections to accomplish great things. Replacement of supernatural power with carefully calculated study of trends and statistics. Learn how to move and motivate people naturally at the forsaking of total reliance on the Holy Ghost power.  

Psalm 11:3If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? 
…God if you don’t save me, I’ll never make it. 

1. Restore spiritual militants – 

Spiritually confrontational. Aggressive in possession of spiritual things
-The church for the most part has wrestled not.

We are no longer confrontational to sin. 
These 3 endure Faith hope and love

Faith church-word confession process but attendees lost hope and those in bondage feel no love because compassion has leaked out of the pompous heart. 

Hope church- rescue me church. Such nice encouraging messages to help make successful people…but don’t bring the drug addict in and God for bid that I might have to sit by someone Who is of a lower class than I am. 

Love church- the sinfulness of the world and rejection of legalism helped them to form there doctrine of- total acceptance 
2. Give up no ground

That which you have laid hold on don’t let go of. 

The steps of progression that you have made don’t backstep don’t give up your ground. 

You may have already lost much don’t let go of what you still have. Protect nurse and strengthen that which is ready to die. 

No ground we are giving up no ground. We’ve got a cause worth fighting for devil we are not going to take no more
3. Advance the purpose of Christ 
Everywhere the soul of your foot touches the land will be given unto you

….We’ve been building church on looks
We’ve been building upon education

Political agenda, religion.. it is time to stop advancing our own wishes and start advancing His desire
In 2017

……We will see spiritual manifestation …..
….They shall cast out Devils 

…Pour some oil on the broken

….The outpouring of the Holy Ghost is for all

But his method is not excepted by all. I’m talking about a true unadulterated move of the Holy Ghost

 

We don’t need taught tongues. And we won’t need a follow up committee 
If you have to be thought to talk in tongues, you missed it. You can’t fake it till you make it. You have to be plunged into the rushing stream 

…no more Decisions without conversion 

William Booth -his concern for the 21st century church is that they would have Decisions without conversion 
…raise up the destroyed foundations

.. know God better than ever before 
Daniel 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries; but the people who do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
…God if you don’t help us, We’ll never make it. 

Falling away??? Or is it????
apostasía (from 868 /aphístēmi, “leave, depart,” which is derived from 575/apó, “away from” and 2476 /histémi, “stand”) – properly, departure (implying desertion); apostasy – literally, “a leaving, from a previous standing.”
Isaiah 58:?]But they that shall be of thee. Shall raise up the foundations of many generations. 

The blood, the priest, and the mercy seat

The blood, the priest, the seat of mercy
Philippians 3:7-11But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ; And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
**Man, without the regeneration of the Holy Spirit, are entirely depraved. Full of wicked intentions, and selfish desire. It is easy to look at the murderer, the rapist, the heinous criminal and say they are completely lost and depraved. But we must realize that even on our best day we could not obtain the level of Gods holiness he desires of us. For this reason the only hope for any man is the mercy of a loving God.  
The blood – it represents the making of sacrifice, it represents the giving of life. 
The priest – The standard of holiness, (God said don’t do this so that the people will see a difference between righteousness in unrighteousness). The mediator of righteousness, The responsibility of carrying the blood (the sacrificial life) into the holy of holies 
The mercy seat- was the lid of the ark of the covenant. (the seal upon the testimony of Gods Word and promise.) Inside the ark was the laws of God written on two tables of stone (The Commandments of God) The rod of Aaron that budded (The appointment of God) pot of manna (The miraculous provision of God) Under watchful eye of the cherubim. The space in between was the oracle of God. 
1 John 4:7-10Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation “hilasmose” for our sins.
“propitiation” from the Greek word hilasterion. Concretely it specifically means the Lid of the Ark (in the Temple) (Strong’s Greek Dictionary). The only other occurrence of the Greek hilasterion in the New Testament is in Hebrews 9:5, where the NASB translates it as “mercy seat”.
Hebrews 9:5And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
If you love someone you are willing to do what ever it takes to see total restoration. 
Jesus was willing to become the sacrifice the priest and the mercy seat. 
Love is not the feeling that you have when you see goodness in others. Love is the action you make in spite of what you see in others. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-7Love is patient,love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
John 15:13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.