Archive | April, 2013

Quote: Grace, our empowerment to live godly

27 Apr

The Secret Formula

The grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passion, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.   Titus 2:11-12

Grace is the system that the Holy Spirit uses to counsel and teach us on a daily basis.  Grace is in place, whether or not we’ve sinned recently.  We worry that an absence of law will result in a lifestyle that is out of control.  This concern is natural.  But it contradicts what the Scriptures say about the effects of grace.  Grace isn’t just a treatment for sin; it’s actually the cure for sin!

When we question the function of grace in our lives, we’re insulting God’s intelligence.  Would he usher in a New Covenant that not only allows but actually promotes sin?  Is God foolish to think that grace really motivates us to live godly lives?

The secret is that grace deactivates our pride.  Removing the law from our lives means our self-effort is no longer prodded to control behavior.  The law excites human effort.  It encourages us to depend on resources outside of Christ.  But unconditional acceptance deactivates human effort and allows the Holy Spirit to be all that he wants to be through us. 

Our greatest fear is that we’ll be out of control.  But we were never made to be in control.  Self-control has always been a natural attribute of the Holy Spirit.  The reason he lives within us is to produce the self-control that we’re afraid we’ll lack under grace.

Paul encourages us to trust grace under the New Covenant by quoting Jesus himself on the matter:

But [Jesus] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, So that Christ’s power may rest on me. – II Cor 12:9

Jesus doesn’t appear fearful about the outcome of too much grace in Paul’s life.  Grace isn’t merely a response to sin.  Grace is the core of the New.  It allows Jesus to produce through us what’s needed in the moment.  After hearing this divine position of grace, Paul decides that Someone greater than himself will work in his life.  Jesus will produce what he cannot.

The same is true for us today.

Excerpt from:  The Naked Gospel – by Andrew Farley – Zondervan – pp 91-92

http://www.amazon.com/Naked-Gospel-Nothing-Natural-Additives/dp/0310293065

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The Language of Tears

26 Apr

What are tears?

Have you ever wondered why you tear up when you see something stunningly beautiful, such as couples figure skating… or watch two people fall in love… or experience the restoration of a broken relationship… or see a powerful display of the Spirit of God… or you realize that you are fully forgiven and loved by your Heavenly Father?  Why do tears happen?  What insights could we discover in tears?  Here are a few insights.

Made to be fascinated

We were made to be fascinated by God.  When we were created we were given a special affinity for our creator; it’s built-in.  We may not know it… or even know God… but it’s a fact that when even an unbeliever sees God, something deep and latent immediately awakens and gives homage to our creator.  Consider Paul’s encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus… there was instant recognition of his “Lord” and he paid homage by falling down.  One second he was on a mission to kill Jesus’ ‘body’, the next second he is alive with passion and devotion for Jesus.  A latent God-appreciating-factor was instantly awakened.  And God loves to do that, by the way.  He loves to dazzle and fascinate us.  When we see, hear or feel His perfection, something deep inside of us instantly applauds our perfect creator.  And when we see or experience something of extraordinary excellence or perfection, it resounds with the deep places in our heart.  It reminds us of our perfect God.  Our God-appreciation-factor kicks in.  Our deep places begin calling unto God’s deep places… it’s our spirit man saying, “O, Abba!”  And for most people, tears are a natural involuntary display of a most welcomed deep stirring of the heart.

Prophetic tears

Tears can reveal our unique make up.  Watch when we have the God-kind of tears.  They can give us understanding about our unique destiny and callings in God.  When we are surprised by a tender heart and the overflowing of tears, this is a most significant sign of the Lord’s favor on what we’re doing…. and it can give insight into our uniqueness as a person.  When we are touched by God’s Spirit, our spirit-man begins ‘prophesying’ to us through our tears.  If we take note of (and even journal) our surroundings, environment, themes, thoughts and inspirations we’ll acquire understanding about our unique graces and giftings.  Watching for this ‘sympathetic resonation’ between our spirit and God’s Spirit will reveal vital insights about our uniqueness.

A ‘velvet sledge hammer’

Tears are a gift of God. When God gives them to us, they can become a velvet sledge hammer of effectiveness with precious people God gives to us.  To them, our tears are as powerful as a sledge hammer and as welcomed and soft as velvet.  Tears break through their defenses and empower God’s sneak-attack through the ‘back door’ of people’s hearts.  Even though they’ve  developed mechanisms of defense for most influences that come their way, tears take most people by surprise.  When God grants the tenderness of tears it takes our hearts into a most welcomed captivity to Love.  Tears are kind of like Roberta Flack’s, “‘Killing’ me softly with his song”… such sweet surrender to Love.

When we’re held in Jesus’ tender embrace, we love the ‘breaking’ of tears and the wonderful freshness and cleanness that comes from tears.  Tears wash off the burdens of heaviness, guilt, tension, stress, worry and distractions of the outside world.  Everyone wants to be free of these burdens, so when God grants the open door into this level of tenderness there is an almost automatic one-ness in the room.  And although we won’t fake or hype tears, we know that they are one of God’s sweetest kisses.

We may have a most valid attestation of God’s favor on our meetings.  We may move in celebration, teaching and the prophetic… and all those will be powerful.  BUT tears will level the playing field for all who’ve gathered.  Tears will automatically draw them out of spectatorship and into participation and ownership.  They’ll know that it wasn’t a man or a personality… or even a creed that moved them… because only One Thing can stir this deeply.  People will gladly give credence and their hearts to Him… and their thanks and loyalty to the vessels who helped usher Him into their lives.  Tears can be our rallying power-hitter… the wind in our corporate-gathering sails… and the residual buzz word over coffee for days following.

Many years ago, a prophetic ministry spoke over my wife and me, “God is giving you the ‘gift of tears’ and you are going to take it with you.”  And so it’s true, one the most common manifestations in our ministry is tears.  No matter what denomination or setting, we usually see tears or we personally experience tears… or both.  I wasn’t sure about tears in the beginning, but now I’ve come to REALLY love the gift God has given us.

Do we understand the language of tears?

We probably don’t fully understand the value that God places on tears.  They must be one of His top priority items because He saves them in a bottle and records them in His book. (Ps 56:8)  Why is that?  Well I think it possible that our tears give record to how many ‘holy reunions’ we’ve had with Him. Let me explain:

Have you ever wondered what our spirit man sounds like?  What kind of voice does ‘he’ have?  When and how does ‘he’ speak to us?   What does ‘he’ sound like?

Most of us believe that we have a spirit, a soul, and a body.  We know the voice of our body.  It’s the five senses: sight, taste, smell, hearing, and touch.  If we touch something too hot our body speaks to us loudly when pain says, “THAT’S HOT!”   If someone tickles us, our body says, “That’s pleasant and funny”, even if it is slightly uncomfortable.

You might have guessed already that our soul’s voice is our emotions, our thinking (cognitive) and our will.  So if something disappointing happens to us, our soul man says “That’s sad”.  If something pleasant is done toward us, we get the feelings of appreciation and a desire to reciprocate love.

Now these things are very elementary; they’re the first baby steps we discover toward becoming responsible and mature adults.  But, eventually we won’t make decisions based solely upon our body’s voice or our soul’s voice.  We’ll begin to make decisions based upon right and wrong and from hearing the voice of God.

But what does our spirit man’s voice sound like?  Does ‘he’ even talk?  I dare say that most people don’t really even think about their spirit. We cater mostly to our natural senses and our feelings.  As a result, in a manner of speaking, we’re a deaf mute; we don’t know how to hear or interpret what our spirit man is saying.   We’re designed to walk by faith and not by sight, but this deaf mute condition leaves us groping in the dark and grasping for things… anything to fulfill our soulish or fleshly desires.

Some might say that our conscience is our spirit’s voice.  And I think that is possible.   But we can sear our conscience and then it doesn’t speak truthfully to us.  So that voice may or may not be an accurate voice to listen to.

Let me make one more point then I’ll bring it home.  The Bible says that our Creator made us in His own image.  Our spirit came from His Spirit and we are “members of his body”. (Eph 5:30)  Don’t you imagine with that kind of ‘DNA’ connection, that when our spirit and God’s Spirit touches that it’s like a ‘holy reunion’ takes place?  Of course!  That is when our “deep calls unto deep” (Ps 42:7) and we cry “Abba!” (Gal 4:6)

So let me ask, what happens in those occasions when God’s Spirit is touching your spirit?  What is your reaction?  Have you ever had goose bumps?  Did you shake or tingle or feel warm or laugh, etc?  All these can very real… and very good.  But most commonly people experience tears when God touches them.  Most people can’t fake tears or cry on demand, so tears are likely the most valid evidence that our spirit man is encountering God’s Spirit.  It’s at this point that we are being fed real Spirit food.  Remember, “Man can’t live by bread alone (just mind food) but by every word (and touch) that comes from the mouth (Spirit) of God.” (Matt 4:4) This is Life!  So what are tears about?  Why did you cry?

Encounter = tears

My premise is that tears are one of the most valid ways of knowing that your spirit man has had an encounter with God.  It’s that ‘holy reunion’ thing; where our spirit which came from God and now lives in this temporary container called a human body, has a meeting with our near relative; our Daddy.  Our spirit man begins to jump up and down.  It wants to notify the conscious and cognitive parts of us that it is now experiencing what it was made for and must have more of; we’re having communion with our Daddy.  But how can it notify us since it doesn’t have a mouth or tongue?   One of the ways God equips our spirit man to speak to us is that our spirit man just ‘pushes’ tears out of our eyes.  Have you ever wondered why you’re crying when you may not be feeling any emotion in particular?  Mostly, I think that it comes from a sense of contentment; a feeling of belonging; a feeling of being loved on; a feeling like coming home… really, it’s just being with Daddy.  O, and it just feels so good to be with Him!

If this is true then I believe we should be on the alert for the times when we have tears.  We could discover another way of hearing God’s voice and knowing the will of God for us.  There is so much more I could say about this subject.  Actually, I’m considering writing a book about the Gift of Tears because there is so much gold to be mined from understanding our times of tears.  If we had time we could talk of how to use your tears experiences to identify your unique basic motivational gifting(s) – the tool(s) that you were given the moment God put your spirit inside of your body.  And if you know and understand your motivational gifting, then you can experience the greatest amount of grace that Heaven has available for you.  I believe that it’s possible to find direction for most, if not all of life’s decisions based upon your understanding of the language of tears.

All kinds of tears

Obviously, there are many kinds of tears; tears of pain, healing, remorse, repentance, sorrow, joy, empowerment, commission, contentment,  joy, intimacy, coming home, being loved—just to name a few.  But now, we’re talking about an occasion of tears that doesn’t necessarily have any of these conscious emotions.  In fact, I’ve found myself with tears when I didn’t want to cry or when I didn’t have any emotions at all.  I have come to know that this is one of the languages through which God speaks to me.  We may speak in English, Spanish, Mandarin, German, etc; but how special is it when God uses a uniquely personalized language to speak to you and me.  That’s just what kind of God we have; a very personal and intimate God.  Out of the 4 of 5 languages that He uses to speak to me, tears are one of the big ones.

Most of the time, I’m not rendered ‘out of control’ when tears occur.  I just have that surprise attack of melted-ness inside—even when I didn’t have an emotion to go with it at the time.  When that occurs I know that Holy Spirit has just validated what I am thinking… or have said… or am about to say.  From that moment on I have no fear because I’ve heard the voice of my God.  Remember, “Faith comes by hearing…” (Rom 10:17)  When we recognize the voice of God and understand what He’s saying, at that moment we get an injection of true faith.

‘Barometer’ of tears

Bill Johnson says, “When I’m more than two weeks away from tears, I know what I must do.”  Sometimes I’ll go for a stretch of time without experiencing tears.  But when I realize it, I begin asking God for another encounter of tears.  Actually, what I’m asking for is another encounter with Him.  But sometimes my conscious mind doesn’t know how to get to that encounter, so I ask Him, “Jesus, please make my heart tender.  Melt me again.”  And you know, it won’t be long before He sneaks up on me and so pleasantly surprises me with another tender experience with His presence.  Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!  🙂

You see, our hearts must be fed.  We must have this ‘holy reunion’ with our Daddy for empowerment to live life.  Prov 4:23 says, “Guard over your heart with all diligence from it flow all the issues of life.”  In other words, if my heart ain’t full then I ain’t got nuthin’ to live life from.  And how do I know if I’m feeding my heart?  I recall my most recent time of tender encounter (evidenced by tears) with my Daddy because that’s when and where I was truly spiritually fed.  How long has it been?  How’s that length of time working for us?  (For more on assessing our personal spiritual health go to: Spiritual Health Ingredients)  If you’re wondering why things are a kind of dry and we feel powerless, a famous man of faith, General Booth of the Salvation Army, once asked, “Have you tried tears?”

Got tears?

So how long has it been since you and Jesus used the language of tears to communicate?  How long has it been since you had a feeling of longing for Him—maybe something akin to that homesick feeling you had as a child when you were alone and far away from home.  Remember what it felt like?  Remember how badly you wanted to be back home.  Do you really want Him now?  Really?  Then tell Him.  Ask Him to melt you again; to take you by surprise; to make you melt down into a little puddle of appreciation and love for His almost unbelievable goodness.  From previous encounters, can you remember the happiness and contentment that came with every encounter you’ve had with Him?  Go ahead, ask Him now.

Every time we have an encounter He happily makes another entry in the Big Book, “WE JUST HAD ANOTHER REUNION!”  And it gets heralded throughout heaven.  Oh, Yeh!  Heaven begins rejoicing… and our spirit man begins to rejoice… and thrive.  Here is where the spirit realm commerce really takes place; in the communion (co-union) of God with man and man with God.  This ‘holy reunion’ is where all true spirit life originates.

Consider Gen 1:2, “God brooded over the face of the waters…”  Do you find it interesting that He hangs around water?  Maybe this explains His special affinity for our times of tender tears (waters) in His presence.  “When a king’s face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring” – Prov 16:15.  Heaven is happy… and it begins to ‘rain’… tears.

So, let the gift of tears begin!

— MLH

Quote: The Good Life Without The Sweat

25 Apr

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they? – Matthew 6:26

Most people are of the opinion that the good life does not happen without hard work and buckets of sweat.  They believe that to achieve success, you first need to have this educational certificate, that professional qualification, this particular job and that many years of hard work.  I have good news for you: God has a better way.

We all must work, but the world wants you to believe that there is a natural process of sowing, reaping and gathering, accompanied by waiting, toiling and stress, before the good life actually comes.  But God says, “My people do not need to go through this natural process to enjoy the good life for they are not of this world’s system.  They can operate out of My economy and I can give them the good life straightaway!”

In the same way that God feeds the birds which do not go through the sow-then-reap-then-gather system of the world, He wants to and will do much more for you!  Your heavenly Father wants you to know the generosity of His heart toward you and how much He wants to make you successful.

Today, God wants you to know that you are not of the world’s system.  You are of the kingdom of God—the same kingdom that feeds the birds that do not toil, but simply trust their Creator for all their provisions in life.  Be convinced that you are of more value to your heavenly Father than the birds, and let Him give you the good life without the toiling and laboring of the world.

From Joseph Prince – Daily Grace Inspirations  (4/25/13)

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Quote: Confidence comes from God

24 Apr

“A lack of understanding about who God is for us causes negativity.  Confidence is the hallmark of a person travelling well with God.” –  Graham Cooke – Twitter post – April 24, 2013

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Quote: Prayers That Proclaim

24 Apr

But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” – Luke 13:12

When you have a need, do you pray or do you plead? Do you begin your prayers with words like, “Please God, please! God, I beg You to have mercy!”

Prayers that plead and beg imply that your heavenly Father is not willing to do it. Yet, He is far more gracious and willing to give to you than you are willing to ask, think or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) He desires above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2)

In fact, long before you have a need, God has already met that need. Long before you knew you needed a Savior, He sent His Son to be your Savior. This is your God! He is a good God. So when you beg Him for something, you are actually saying that He is reluctant to give and needs to be persuaded strongly before He will move. Yet, He is not like that.

Jesus knew the heart of the Father. When He saw the woman bound with a spirit of infirmity, He did not pray, “Oh Father! She has been suffering for 18 long years! I beseech You, Father, have mercy on her. Please, please heal her!” No, when Jesus saw her, He immediately proclaimed, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity,” because He knew the heart of the Father. He knew that the Father wanted her delivered from her crippling condition.

At the end of a church service, I don’t stand and pray, “Oh God, please bless Your people. Oh God, do keep them. Oh God, be ever so gracious to them!” Instead, I proclaim, “The Lord bless you. The Lord keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you!”

Beloved, when you pray, proclaim your healing, protection and provision because your Father’s heart overflows with love for you. And when you declare it, He sanctions it. When you declare it, He establishes it! 

From Joseph Prince – Daily Grace Inspirations  (4/18/13)

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Links to related postings on Mark’s blog:

Intercession: From faithless beggar petitions to confident kingly prophetic declarations
The Believer’s Dual Realities – (No More Pickle Juice)
Where Do Christians Go When They Die? (Can we live in Heaven now?)
Grace Unto Co-Reigning!

He’s God… I’m not

8 Apr

I once heard Joseph Garlington preach a sermon which became one of my top 5 sermons.  He spoke of the never ending, heart/character/nature/creativity/love/awesome-ness of God that is SO dazzling and overwhelming that it evokes constant wonder and awe from the 24 elders, the angels, and us.   That is why they… and we… will involuntarily and whole-heartedly bow and worship forever.

This resonated to my core… and my heart was undone!  I feel that this perspective keeps God in His rightful place in my heart, so that even though I’m discovering that I do have MUCH of God in me… I am still not God.  He will always be God.  I will always want to… and need to… ‘fear’ and revere Him… and I will find my heart melted each time He reveals another level of Himself that’s He’s made available as my inheritance.

I love the revelation of Grace that we’re getting these days.  It’s awesome.  At the same time, I feel like our understanding is so infantile and frail right now.  If we’re tempted to think that we’ve got a corner on this revelation and ‘reality’ in the Spirit, we might want to consider John Arnott’s line back in the early ‘Toronto days’:  “When we are tempted to wrangle about how much revelation we have, we do well to consider a group of aboriginal pigmies arguing among themselves as to who is the tallest… the fact is, they’re all still dwarfs.”

I really like that because it keeps God in His rightful place in my heart and mind.  Whatever we think we’re learning, I’m still a dwarf in understanding His riches.  I am TRYING to let my revelation of His thoughts about me, permeate me and change me.  Yes, I am like Him (I Jn 4:17) IN AS MUCH as I can understand Him RIGHT NOW.  But I think the magnitude of who He is will forever be light years beyond my ability to see and comprehend.  That’s what makes Him God.   I just want to continue to embrace Him as much as my mind and heart are able.

SO… has the very holiness and righteousness of Jesus been imputed, declared, imparted and given to us?
—–YES!!!!

But do I think I know the fullness of what that holiness and righteousness is?
—–Certainly no!

Do I think that I can comprehend and walk in it?
—–Only just a little bit more than yesterday’s revelation. (which leaves eternity to get the remaining revelation…)

How much more is available to be revealed to me in time and eternity?
—–LIGHTYEARS of revelation.  Probably enough to keep me on my face in wonder, love and praise before Him forever.

Does being a receiver of His great and unfolding revelation humble me and make me love Him more?
—–You betcha!  Every God-encounter creates another deeper response of, “I love you SO much!”

Does being the recipient of this amazing Grace evoke desire to walk even more circumspectly before this One who loves me so?
—–Absolutely!  I value and want to honor our relationship and His magnanimous heart toward me.

It’s impossible to fully understand a love that gives… and gives OF Himself… and even gives Himself.  I want to forever be on the receiving end of that kind of revelation that keeps my heart humbled and in awe, my life ‘clean’ and deeply in love for as long as the unsearchable mysteries of God are revealed… I’m pretty sure that will take forever!!!

I’m so glad that He’s God… and I’m not.

— MLH

DPM Update – 2013 April

7 Apr

Dear Friends,

Coming very soon: Sarah & Luke’s wedding – Saturday, April 20, 2013
Our whole family and many friends will convene in Redding to help Sarah and Luke ‘tie the knot’ of marriage.  The mothers are all a-dither with rehearsal and reception meal preparations while the dads are preparing to jointly officiate the wedding.  The siblings and a few close friends will stand alongside the couple to lend all the support they can to get the job done in fine style.  It’ll be an extravaganza of excitement and celebration.  We’ll appreciate your cheers, prayers and support

John & Cheryl have officially announced that grandbaby #3 is on the way!
You know what this grandma and grandpa think about that!   Yay!!!

Some books to inspire
I just finished reading a book entitled, God Without Religion by Andrew Farley.  I highly recommend it.  Like a great movie, I cried when I finished it, because I didn’t want it to end. The writer unveils God’s goodness and Grace so well that it makes you fall in love again, with our wonderful Lord.  I have never been so pleased to have so many of my ‘sacred cow’ concepts of God and concepts of myself slain by a better view of God.  I love finding out that I’ve believed wrong IF I have confidence that my new belief is an upgraded belief.  Thank you Lord for heart illumination.  Prepare to fall in love with Father… and Jesus… and even yourself… more than ever before. God is SO much better than we thought!

Another book that has recently made me fall more in love with Jesus is Extra Virgin Grace by Ryan Rufus.  The book starts out by asking what the ‘big sin’ was that Adam and Eve committed that got them excommunicated from the Garden and visited the consequences of their sin on the rest of humanity.  It must have been a really big one.  Was it murder, adultery, lying, etc… you know, the ‘cardinal’ sins?  No!  It was that they were trying to be like God.  They thought that if they ate of the forbidden tree they could be like God.  But Satan had duped them… just like he tries on us.  He tries to makes us jump through hoops to be more like God, so God will like us better.  Some of our preachers even advise us along these lines.  Hummm.  Didn’t work out very well for Adam and Eve… why do we try to do the same?  The fact is that Adam and Eve were already like God… remember, they were “made in the image of God”.  And as saints, WE are like God, I Jn 4:17 “we are as He is in this world”; II Cor 5:21  “we are the righteousness of God in Christ”.  So, let’s debunk the devil’s lies and “enter into rest” in the finished work of Jesus on the cross.  Our salvation and right standing with God can be simply stated, “It’s Jesus plus NOTHING!”

Grace inspirations
It’s obvious that we have entered an era where a better understanding of Grace is unfolding exponentially. We’re not talking about a hedonistic or carnal view of Grace.  Rather it’s a view where the First Commandment is still first, only now it is with uncoerced passion and delightful freedom.  Who could have expected that loving God would be so rewarding and consuming as when we find that God really loves us, just because He loves us.  The revelation of true Grace causes our hearts to voluntarily and eagerly reciprocate… as well as we are able… the lavish love of a love struck God.  Could God really be this good?

Contrary to what some believe, this wonderful Grace message does NOT give a license to sin more.  Personally, I don’t know of a single person in the world who believes they have a license to sin when they understand Grace better.  It’s just the opposite.  And I say understand Grace better, because I fully believe that the unfolding and inexhaustible Goodness and Grace of God will never cease to amaze us throughout time and eternity.  Over the last 5 – 8 years, the Grace message has made my personal devotion to God more real, more free, more vibrant and more infectious than at any other time in my life.  I feel more confident in my relationship to God, more alive to Him, more aware of His pleasure, more empassioned in what I’m doing and more gripped with where I’m headed.

The old system wore me out.  It was inevitable that it would wear us out… because even though we believed in Jesus, we added a good dose of the Law just to make us feel better about ourselves. But thank God, now we’re breaking free from the ‘Jesus plus some works’ religion.  A whole generation is breaking free.  How would our world change if God’s beleaguered saints broke free from religion, from our beggarly self-talk and beggarly prayers and from trying to get good enough to be loved by God… AND truly saw themselves as fully righteous, fully loved, highly favored, fully prepared, authorized and empowered to be kings over the principalities and nations of this earth.  Whoa… if we’re not ‘careful’ we could get happy and excited about His Kingdom coming on earth as it is in Heaven.  Jesus, may it be unto us according to Your word. Amen!

Try this thought ‘provoker’:

How did Jesus become sin at the cross?
Did He have to commit sin to become sin?  No
He received our sin and became sin?
He was made to be sin without committing ANY sin!

How do we become righteous through the Gospel?
Do we commit righteous works to become righteousness?  No
We receive Jesus’ righteousness and become righteous
We were made righteous with zero works!

Supporting verses:

II Cor 5:21 – “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Eph 2:8 – “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Rms 3:24 – “and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
Rms 9:16 – “It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”

Video of Mark speaking in Wells, MN
Dual Realities of the Believer – 80 minutes long   For too long our enemy has tried to diminish God in our eyes… and tried to diminish us in our own eyes.  We bought into the enemy’s ‘creation’ of a lesser God.  And we bought into a lesser ‘us’.  But it was a lie!  Now, through the powerful revelation of Grace, we’re discovering that God is so much better than we thought… and WE are so much more than we thought.  I am righteous!  I am a co-heir with Jesus!  And whatever is true of Him is true of me!  So if we’re truly seated in the Heavenlies with Jesus then we must not act like beggars any longer.  We’re ‘kings’!  We must adopt a ‘new mind'(set) and learn a new vocabulary that is fitting for kings.  When we really discover who we are and where we’re seated, this radical revelation will change everything we do, even the way we pray.  This is revolutionary.   Shortened version handout    Full preaching notes

Your prayers, love and care are ALWAYS greatly appreciated!  Thank you so very much!

Lots of love

Mark and Debbie

Video of Ronald Reagan’s spiritual side
Watch Ronald Reagan voice his spiritual values – 4:30 minutes long  A spiritual side of him you may have never seen.

Just for fun video – the Gospel like you’ve never heard it
A great 1 minute and 42 second sermon  No stuttering here!

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