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Matthew 22:36-37. Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? And He said to them, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
How do I love the Lord our God with all my heart, soul and all of my mind?
Using a host of reference material you can arrive it is theologically correct definition of heart, soul and mind. But that doesn't answer my question, I don't want mere definitions I want to be able to keep this commandment
Heart—— the personality of my affections and emotions
Soul—— my mind, will and emotions
Mind ——my thoughts and intellect
My heart shows my emotions and affections toward something or someone. It is not just words that I speak. Using Jesus is my example, His actions showed His heart for the people, sometimes it was in healing, casting out demons, feeding the hungry, performing miracles, teaching and many more things. His actions spoke more than just saying the words “I love you” in fact His love was so great that He would die for them. Is my love of God that great that I would die for him.
The word soul, is your mind, your will and your emotions. that's everything, have I given everything to God
Mind is my thoughts or intellect. Is my mindset on the things from above? Jesus said, “I only do what I see the Father in heaven doing” (John 5:19-20) He's speaking of His whole life, where He went, what He said, healing deliverance, and so on. I must set my mind on the things of God. That means developing a relationship with Him, spending time in worship, prayer and His Word the Bible. The result of this will be a stronger, closer walk with the Lord. It will set you free
We should expect that this is an ever increasing relationship with the Lord. You'll find yourself capable of greater love for God and others, more than you have ever experienced. If you seek Him and you will find Him. Time spent with the Lord is not wasted, you get out only what you're willing to put into your relationship with Him. If your relationship is nothing more than a couple minutes in the morning and a couple quick prayers during the day what kind of relationship will you have? If this is all my wife and I had we wouldn't have a very close relationship together.
With my mind. Part of giving your life fully to Jesus has to be the acceptance of who Jesus is and the authority of the Bible. In John 14 Jesus says he is the only way to the father. I accept this and I know for sure there is no other way, if you struggle with this ask God to show you the truth in this statement in His word, the Bible. When the Lord opens your eyes to this and you walk in this, the enemy will not deceive you.
For 15 years, we have been a part of various prayer ministries, intercession, deliverance, working of miracles. We have experienced first-hand the lords answers to prayer. The most disturbing thing I am seeing in those we minister to has been the lack of an ongoing relationship with God, or how superficial their relationship is with God in the people that we pray for. Being firmly grounded in a relationship with the Lord is what keeps us on the straight and narrow path. His answers to prayer should draw us to Him, without that, we are hindered.
When we love the Lord with all of our heart, soul and mind, our lives change and our will to pursue Him. We no longer follow our whims or have to guess what is Gods’ will and where he is leading us.
When Israel was in the wilderness, they were no longer slaves to the Egyptians, God was now in charge. God had set them free to follow and worship Him. He wanted to provide for and lead his people. God's desire was to speak directly to his people, instead they insisted that Moses be their spokesman. It was not His will or desire that they be led by Governors or kings, He wanted their hearts. At Pentecost God gave his people, the Church His Holy Spirit, the helper. His desire is still that He would he lead us. Now He is giving us a way to come to His throne by the blood of Jesus Christ. Loving God with all our heart soul and mind means that we are willing to put aside all of the idols and distractions of this world and make Jesus the center of our life.
1st Corinthians 1:7 So that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly that the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. This says to me, that we have been given everything (not lacking) we need in Jesus to walk out this Christian life. God is asking for everything, when we pursue Him, we will find him.
This is just a beginning, it will become a life long pursuit if we will seek Him. I hope you find encouragement in this.
In Christ, Marty
The Lord Never Left Me
I’ve heard people say “I was lost and the Lord found me” That may be true for some, but for me, The Lord was always there, I chose not to see him. When I felt alone growing up, he was there, I chose not to see him. There were times I was driving drunk or high and had no thought of his presence, He was there keeping me from disaster, I didn’t see him. When my marriage was being destroyed by alcohol, I finally saw Him. I knew Him as a child, but had walked away from Him.
In Luke 15:11-32, the young man(me or you) took his inheritance and walked away from his father(God) and squandered it on wild ungodly living, the Father was with him even though he couldn’t see him. I’m certain that the Father was always calling him home. But he needed to reach the end of himself and lift up his head and realize it was time to go home. In all my rebellion and wildness, there were many people the Lord had sent me His people to call me home but I refused to listen to them. I had tried from time to time to go back to church, but never felt like I fit in. The problem with that was, it was God who was calling me, not the church. This was between me and God. Regardless of What I had seen or experienced I had to come to the end of myself and return to the Lord.
Nobody forced me to walk where I was walking or deceived me to rebel, it was my decision. I know of many people who walked the same path I have, thinking that God has abandoned them, or that it would be too hard or too late to return to him. That’s not true at all. The Lord has been with you every step of the way calling to you. In our society there are so many ways to fall away, but in all of them Jesus is with you calling you to come home. To those who never knew him, he is calling you as well.
John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but through Me”.
In a world with so many broken people, Jesus is the answer. All of my attempts to fix myself didn’t work. If man could fix himself, we would not have many of the problems we have in our society. Every person is going to stand before God and give an account for there lives, are you ready? There is one God and only one way to reach him It’s only through accepting Jesus as your Savior.
I believe that God has a plan for every person. It’s his will that all are saved, it’s up to us to seek him. That plan was laid out before we were even born. In the same way Satan has a plan for us too. He wants to destroy you! The end result from Satan’s plan is eternal destruction in hell. Make no mistake, we are not in control of our own destinies. There is only the Kingdom of God, (Only Jesus can bring you there) or the kingdom of this world (Satan’s) which leads to death and destruction.
John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him” I pray that whoever reads these words will seek Jesus, he is there waiting for you.
When we give our lives to Jesus, it is much more than just words and lip service. We must leave the kingdom of this world which Satan rules and come to the kingdom of God which Jesus rules. You cannot take your old life with you. You don’t have to do this alone, if Jesus has called us to leave your old self and sinful behavior behind, he will deliver you out them.
There is a great battle going on all around us, God vs Satan. God has not called to be entertained and pampered. We are set apart, equipped, empowered, gifted for service to the Kingdom of God.(Jesus)
Do you have unsaved people around you? (family, friends, coworkers, etc.)
The chances are you are going to play a part in bringing the Gospel to them. By your example, by prayer or even speaking to them. We are called as servants of Jesus Christ to do this. God chooses his Church to proclaim the Gospel to a dying world.
To those who have strayed, return to Jesus. To those sitting on the fence, come to Jesus. To those who never knew Him, come to Jesus. Don’t wait, Jesus is waiting.
When the master returns, I want to be found doing the Master’s will and here Him say “well done good and faithful servant, enter into your rest”
I pray that you would see the Lord right where you are at. Be Blessed
What Are We Doing As The Bridegroom Delays?
In Matthew 25:1-13 we read about 10 virgins, five foolish and five prudent. I understand this to be a picture of the Christian church. All of them look like Christians, I don't believe they were nonbelievers. When the bridegroom (Jesus) delayed they fell asleep. When the Bridegroom came only five were ready. What happened to the other five that they were not ready? This is a serious matter because the door was shut.(vs 10-12) The passage gives no indication the door would be reopened later. There're those who believe that it will be reopened later, but I don't see any evidence of that in these verses. I would rather have people be safe than be sorry. There's too much at stake to take a chance, Heaven or Hell.
After 9/11 many Americans rushed to the church, they were afraid. I believe that God had removed part of his protective hand off of our country and allowed the enemy, Satan to attack us. Many peoples eyes were opened to an enemy that was out to destroy us. In the years following I saw many people around us have their eyes opened and come to the Lord.
Sixteen years later I see the church as the 10 virgins, they found Jesus and gave their lives to him. Jesus brought in peace and salvation. He healed, delivered and shepherded them. The Bridegroom has delayed. Where are they now?
In the years following, the Lord really got a hold of our lives. We have been healed, delivered and set apart for the Lord’s service. We have sought a relationship with Jesus, He ass given us a hunger and thirst for a deeper relationship with Him. We are in a place where we can't get enough of Him. This only came through seeking and persisting in this walk.
Where are the others? The foolish virgins, in times of trouble and uncertainty people are drawn to the church for comfort, security and an encouraging word. When the church gathers these people in and doesn’t get them firmly grounded in the word of God and disciple these people, they tend to drift away when there is no immediate threat. The idols of this world takeover and steal these believers away.
What is important to these five foolish virgins?
They seem to gravitate to the idols of this world, prosperity, their favorite sports team, vacations, hobbies etc.
What should they be doing?
We are called to be servants of Jesus Christ, they should be prepared to walk in their calling. The church should always walk in the awareness of the fact that if someone dies without Jesus, they go to hell. In John 14:6 “Jesus says I am the way, the truth and the life no man comes to the father but by Me.” Could Jesus make it any clearer?
There are two kingdoms, the kingdom of this world which Satan rules, and the kingdom of God. (Jesus) Only Jesus can bring you to heaven, you can't make it on your own. Christian bookstores are filled with self-help books driven by psychology to fix you. But that is man trying to fix man. Many of these teachers sounds good, but they fall short and will fail in the end. The Bible, Gods’ word is the only reference book we need to lead us to God.
I learned this saying many years ago, “If you polish a turd, it's still a turd” These books can make us look better and feel better but inside we're still a mess. When we come to Jesus, we are leaving the kingdom of this world and entering the Kingdom of God. True conversion means that we are changed, we cannot take our old idols with us. Our eyes should be focused on Jesus and his Gospel instead of entertainment. We should be laying the foundation of Christ in ourselves and all who God brings to us. He can deliver us from all our troubles and bring us to heaven to live eternally with him.
This parable should wake up every Pastors/Leader in the Christian Church. If the virgins represent the church of Jesus Christ, it says a 50% of their members are not going to make it to heaven.
James 3:1 Says “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.” If we accept the call of leadership in the Christian church we are held to a higher standard. We are expected to bring the full gospel to those whom God entrusts us with. I pray that when I stand before God that I can say that I brought an uncompromising gospel to all I ministered to.
Matthew 18:12 “ Jesus says the good Shepherd leaves the 99 and seeks out the one who has strayed.” I believe as one who is called into leadership in the Christian Church, we have the same expectation on us.
Simply put, when we leave this earth, it's either heaven or hell. The original Church didn't have hobbies, sports teams, television or other idols to distract them. They didn't have bookstores full of self help books. They had Jesus. The furtherance of the gospel was what ruled their lives.
There are many opinions about what happens when the doors closed, but the simplest is that it is closed with no evidence that it will be reopened. This should wake up every pastor/leader in the Christian church in regards to the state of their congregations.
Over the years, I have seen many people come to Jesus. I’ve witnessed the Lord do great things through them. But I have also watched many wander off while the Lord has delayed. Little by little the enemy has drawn them back into his kingdom through the idols of this world, such as TV, prosperity, sports teams, entertainment, idolatry and compromising the Bible. It didn’t happen suddenly, it happened a little at a time. I encourage you to allow the Holy Spirit to examine you and your life in Christ. What you do with what He shows you is between you and Him .We never know when our last day is, my wish is that you be found in the Lords’ will for your life.
VISION OF THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES
“Son of Man, Can These Bones Live?"
As Ezekiel looked at the valley filled with dry bones and walked through them and around them, the Lord asked him this question, “Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel answered, “Oh Lord God, You know.” If Ezekiel had been a man of this world or living in his flesh and didn’t know God’s great power, he probably would have said, “They are dead and will always be that way.” But he knew the God he served and his answer reflected that. “Oh Lord God, You know.”
Ezekiel prophesied as the Lord told him, and the bones came together completely, with flesh and skin The Lord told him to prophesy again and the Lord breathed on them and they came to life
The vision is then explained. The dry bones are the whole house of Israel. At that time Israel was in a place of judgment because of their rebellion against God. By His power, God was going to restore Israel to their own land, united as one nation. Only God could do this. God was going to transform them from hopelessly dead to complete restoration as the Sprit breathed on captive Israel.
Many see the Church today as the same lifeless dry bones that Ezekiel saw. In many cases the Churches are just as dead. I heard it said, “The Holy Spirit could leave many churches today and it would take months for them to even notice Him missing. Some might not notice Him missing at all.”
If we were told to prophesy over these dead congregations, I can hear them say, “Get a book….Find a program…..Bring in a famous speaker or entertainer.” The dead church is a spiritual issue. It got this way because of rebellion against God and His Word, because of sin and compromise, and not willing to walk in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The enemy has crept in and we did not recognize him.
If God were to say to us, “Prophesy over these dead bones (our Churches)”, would we do it? The Holy Spirit stirred the bones to come together and breathed life into them. Could we stand back and allow Him to convict and resurrect these dead bones?
Apart from the Bible, there is no book that brings life. There is no program that can restore. There is no motivational speaker or entertainer that can bring life. In the book of Acts, we don’t see any of this. We see the Gospel preached under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. Following the Biblical example is the only way it will work. Only by the Church returning to God and His Word and allowing God to rule our Church can this happen.
It is God’s desire for His Church to return to Him just as captive Israel was restored. It’s one of those prayers that God is waiting to answer. What will it be? Will we repent and return to God with all of our hearts or will we continue to walk in the way of dead works and dead programs?
I’ve seen many congregations that resemble old dry bones, with little or no evidence of the Spirit of God dwelling there. I know that my God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth is able to breathe life and restore His bride (the Church). Our part is to repent from living apart from Him and for our sins, and return to Him with all of our heart. In Christ, Marty
Do You Know Who I Am?
I Samuel 17: 45 Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied.
46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you and cut off your head. And I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.
When David stood before the giant, he knew that the same Lord who delivered him from the lion and the bear would deliver him from the Goliath.
I Samuel 16: 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.
After David was mightily” filled with the Holy Spirit, he went back to his profession as a shepherd. During that time, I believe he was being prepared for service. He knew that the Lord would never leave him or forsake him. During this time and his time running from Saul, he met the Lord intimately and began to know him as Lord over all things.
As you read on, David’s victories became more known.
I Samuel 18:7The women sang as they played, and said,
“Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands.”
After David was installed as King, His reputation became known to his enemies as well. Later during David’s reign they enjoyed a season of peace. This reputation continued even through Solomon’s reign. Their enemies knew that they were not a match for the God of Israel.
During Jesus’ ministry years, the enemy recognized Jesus and knew that they had no choice but to submit to him. Demons fled, the crippled were restored, the dead were raised, diseases were cured. Even Legion and his thousands of demons had to submit to Jesus’ authority. There was not any task too great for Jesus. Before Jesus ascended and was received into heaven, he told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem and they would be empowered from on high. On the day of Pentecost, The Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples, as Peter preached thousands were saved. In the times to follow, thousands more were saved as signs and wonders were being performed through the believers. In Acts 19, the seven sons of Sceva tried to use the name of Jesus whom Paul preached. The demon replied”Jesus I know, Paul I know, but who are you”. Read the 14th chapter of John. Only those who belong to Jesus can use the name of Jesus with the same results that Jesus and the early church had.
John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
Either Jesus meant what he said or he didn’t. If we set this verse as our ultimate goal and standard, our lives would look a lot different. I have had it explained to me that this was only for the early Church, but the verses used did not add up to me, But what I do know is this; The same spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is in me and empowers me to carry out his work here on earth. Why would God remove this power from his church? We face the same enemy as what the Church faced in the book of Acts. When I stand before this enemy, I want him to know that the Spirit of the living God fills and empowers me. And that in the name of Jesus Christ I have authority over him. When the enemy attacks me, what does he see? Does he see me as a servant of the living Christ? Filled with the Spirit of God. Walking in faith and victory?
Can you picture Jesus in the storm, saying calmly “peace be still”? Can you picture Jesus taking the little girl by the hand and say,”Little girl I say to you arise” Can you see him standing before Lazarus’s open tomb saying “Lazarus come forth” Read this verse again
John 14:12“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
This is not about memorizing prayers or speaking verses at the enemy. It is about knowing and walking in the authority that Christ has given his Church. When we walk in the fullness of what he calls us to, we have the capacity to live out this verse. In recent years, we have witnessed Jesus save, heal and deliver many people through his servants. These ministers were not show offs or snake oil salesmen. They are just servants of Christ who are beginning to walk in their God given authority. This is just the beginning of what Jesus has for his servants.
I don’t want to convince you that this is true; I believe that if you will seek him you will find him. He will show you what is true through your seeking. There are whole books, seminars, and many teachings written on this subject. I have received some great instruction and teaching, but there is no substitution for picking up God’s and reading what God says about it. Without spending time before the Lord in prayer, communication and worship you are not fully equipped to stand against an enemy who is seeking to destroy you.
When you stand before the enemy, Does he know who you are?
Just as this is an ongoing battle, I hope to continue to bring encouragement to you all in the coming months. As always, may the Lord bless and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and give you peace. In Christ, Josiah-Ministries
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As you read through I and II KIngs and Chronicles. you can see that because of Israel's rebellion, judgment is unavoidable. There were a few Godly Kings, but overall things did not look good for Isreal or Judah. King Josiah was only 8 years old when he became King. His heart was right before the Lord and he began going through the land destroying the idols and their alters. I believe that Josiahs' obedience touched the heart of God and judgment was delayed 31 years while he was King.
The sins of our land are increasing and it would appear that judgment is unavoidable. But I believe that if the true remnant of God's people would humble ourselves, repent and pray, that God would look at our hearts and postpone judgment. Whether Christ return sooner or later, I pray that when He returns, he will find me doing my Fathers' business. The early church expected Christ to return in their lifetime. We should serve the Lord with that same mindset. I pray that these studies will encourage you to seek the Lord all the more as you see his return is near.
What brought us here
We have been serving the Lord for over 25 years. We have worked in childrens ministry, youth, street ministry, worship, preaching/teaching and most recently we are part the prayer team for Flames of Fire Healing ministry. Our desire is to encourage all we meet to push themselves to draw nearer to God. I have found that the best way is to seek Gods face. There is no shortcut, it only comes by time spent with the Lord.(reading the Bible, prayer, worship and some times just sitting before him. We hope that these materials will encourage you to go on further in your walk with the Lord. As we post lessons, feel free to email us with questions.
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