Tell Me, What do you see?

Revelation 4:1 – “Then I looked, and, oh! – a door open into Heaven. The trumpet-voice, the first voice in my vision, called out, ‘Ascend and enter. I’ll show you what happens next.'”

Genesis 29:12-13a – Jacob “had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.  There above it stood the LORD, and he said: ‘I am the LORD…'”

Zech 5:5 – “Then the angel who was speaking to me came forward and said to me, ‘Look up and see what this is that is appearing.'”

The Bible is filled with examples of those who peer into the heavenly realms.  They are known in the Old Testament as “seers.”  The New Testament has examples of seers as well.  Jesus was a seer and released a seeing anointing in His people (Matthew 3:16, Matthew 17:2, Luke 10:18, John 1:48, and Acts 7:55 ).  The entire book of Revelation was a Seer’s Glory-Encounter. 

Acts 2:17 tells us that when the Spirit of God was poured out on a people, the young men would see visions and the old men would dream dreams.  The outpouring of the Holy Spirit 2,000 years ago released the ability into Jesus’ followers to see beyond the natural world and into the spiritual world.  It is a part of the believer’s right to see into the heavenly realm, to see beyond natural circumstances and peer directly into the heavens, to see the 2nd heaven realm of angelic, demonic, Holy Spirit, and other being’s activities.  We can see into the 3rd heaven to even begin to gain revelation and insight into the very Throne Room’s activities.  God wants to show us what angels are doing around us, God wants to show us what demons are doing, so that we can intercede and speak God’s Word in order to implement Jesus’ already won victory over the enemy.

How do we see in the spirit?

Faith+The Word of God+Your “imagination” = seeing in the spirit.  Your imagination is not fantasy.  I’ll prove it to you – close your eyes and imagine yourself at work or at home.  You’ve been to those places, and you can see yourself there.  When you’ve been somewhere, and you see yourself in that environment, it’s not fantasy, it’s memory and it’s very real.

When you’ve been in the Word of God, you begin to see yourself and the things around you in the spirit because the Word of God transforms your soul and aligns it with the Mind of Christ.  The more you exercise Biblical meditation and faith, you will begin to “see” the visions and dreams God wants to reveal to you.  You will SEE that angels are real, so your faith gets applied to seeing angels at work in your life and the lives of others, and suddenly, your soul’s perceptions shift toward the spirit realm and you begin to open up to authentic SUPERNATURAL, Holy Spirit-directed visions and dreams.  When you’ve been in the Word of God, you begin to see in the Spirit.  For example, yesterday, twice, I saw in the spirit two angels come along side of me.  Both experiences were so strong that I actually jumped with a start and looked around thinking someone had walked up to me in the natural.  My meditation in the Word brought me to a place where I am EXPECTING TO SEE so much so that my natural eyes are actually getting involved.  I am seeing in the spirit in a whole new level because the Word of God is working on my perceptions.

Asking, Warfare, and Seeing into the Spirit Realm – 2 Kings 6:17

In 2 Kings 6, the people of God were about to go to war.  Elisha said, “open the eyes of my servant so that he can see.”  When God opened the servant’s eyes, he saw angels and fire ready to do war on their behalf.  How exciting.  Elisha simply asked God to let him see.  We can learn a lot from that one statement.  We can ask God to let us see. 

When God opened Elisha’s servant’s eyes, he saw angels standing, ready to fight on their behalf.  We need to open our spiritual eyes and see what God is doing all around us. 

What are some examples of things we need to see?

  • The Holy Spirit is always at work to reveal more of Jesus to us
  • Angels are fighting for us
  • Demons are at work to build strongholds all around us
  • People’s needs that aren’t readily visible in the natural

These are all examples of things we need to be able to see in order to work more and more effectively for the Kingdom of God.  When our spiritual eyes are opened, nothing ever looks the same again.  We see beyond the circumstance, and we see what is truly happening beyond the natural eye’s ability to see.

Let’s pray today, “Father, open my eyes to see.  According to Eph. 1:18, I pray that my eyes, my spiritual eyes, are flooded with light, so that I can see what it is you are doing around me and through me.  Show me the things of the Spirit in Jesus name.  Amen”

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Church – OUT OF THE BOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, if you’re like me (BR), the word “church” creates certain images.  The very, very first image it creates for me is when I was 7-8 years old, we had a home-coming meeting in Tennessee.  I still remember the outdoor, open air area and tables where massive amounts of food was served.  I remember the music, the exuberance, the preaching, the food, the laughter, etc.  Church for me was an exciting, renewing experience, revivalistic in nature.

New Covenant is so unique in that it has captured a revivalistic power, love and exuberance that not many churches experience, and we say that with great reverential fear and humilty.  We’re not sure what has created that dynamic except for the Grace and Mercy of God, the passion of the members for God and Holiness, and the uncompromising position on the Word of God.  We are so blessed, and we are so thankful for all that God is doing.

Now, it’s time for all of us, NCCA and CN churches and ministries to stretch ourselves.  The enemy, Satan, loves to get people weary, offended, hurt, angry, tired, feeling fruitless and useless, etc.  However, regardless of the cries of the enemy and/or our flesh, we have to step up and begin to stretch.  We hear things like “Revival,” “Apostolic,” “Prophetic,” “Sponteneous Worship,” “Breaker Anointings,” “Passion,” “Presence Ministry,” “Manifestations,” “Warfare” etc, and we get excited, but have we pushed through to actually “PRACTICE” those things?  To step out and move in those anointings and experiences?

We’ve begun a new season – even though it’s not 2012, yet; it is the beginning of our new year.  It’s time for us to step forward and begin to flow, we must learn how to “surf the waves of God’s Glory,” learning how to move with each ebb and flow of His Presence, being sensitive to what He desires from us day-to-day and in our corporate assemblies.  What will all of this look like?????  We’re NOT COMPLETELY SURE!!!!!!!!!!! But we do know this, church for us is obliterating institutionalism and pattern-orientations (stand up sit down, do this, do that all by 12:30).  We are becoming more and more “Laboratory-like” – trying things, listening, being willing to step out in faith and try new things, being ready to receive correction and cultivation and all the while seeking, passionately seeking after the pleasure of our King, all while in alignment and submission to spiritual authority that God has set in place. 

Recently, a “new thing” has been the shifting from home groups to midweek service, temporarily.  Wow, what a moment!!!  This past Wednesday people experienced the overwhelming Presence of God, some spoke in tongues and released sounds they’ve never uttered before in God’s Presence.  This is an example of breaking out of comfort zones and trying new things.  A good question to ask is “how have I responded to this temporary shift? and how can I learn from this to respond more powerfully to future permanant shifts in other areas of my life and walk with God? Am I passing God’s tests when He’s changing me from glory-to-glory to become more like Him?”

Shiftings are exciting, stepping out for the first time in any area is a little scary but also very, very exciting.  We want to challenge everyone at NCCA and CN churches to start gathering around the altar at the beginning of service, begin praying, begin worshipping, begin warring for more and more of God, place a petition to God, ask Him to begin to show us more of Himself, to reveal more of His power, more of His Presence, more of His Prophetic Power and giftings, more healings, miracles, salvations, etc.  Let a new sound come out and start thinking of “Church – OUT OF THE BOX!!!!”  STTTTTTREEEEETCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Get Closer

James 4:8a, what can I say about this wonderful promise that jumped out at me today?  I’ve read it so many times, but today, the power of this one passage gripped my heart as though I were being born-again AGAIN!  James 4:5 tells us that God “Jealously desireth us” (Alford Trans).  God wants to be in our presence.  He wants us to know Him, to experience Him, to enjoy Him…  God is the end of the Gospel.  Healing is not the end of the Gospel, though it is certainly a major part of it, power isn’t the end of the Gospel, though it is a major part of it; God, His Presence, knowing Him that is the end result of the Gospel (John 17:3). 

What a joy to know that we have the opportunity to KNOW God.  Today, we could focus on a great many things, there are always distractions in our lives.  We could literally go days and even weeks sometimes without shutting the door, opening our Bibles, and getting on our knees before God and saying, “Lord Jesus, show me something about Yourself today…  Reveal Yourself to me… Holy Spirit, talk to me about who Jesus is and how I can please Your Heart” (John 14:21b and John 16:13-15).  A 24 hour period should never, ever pass by the child of God without us receiving some revelation, some insight into the nature of our Father.

We are promised that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us.  He took the first step in our salvation (John 15:16, Romans 8:29, and Eph. 1:5), now, in getting to know Him, we must move toward Him.  He chose us, but now that we have been chosen, we must choose Him, desire Him, and draw closer to Him. 

Remember that first moment, when you first received the revelation that God loved you, and then you called on the Name of Jesus and you were born-again?  It’s time to recapture that love.  Call on the Name of Jesus.  Pray.  Set aside time today, go to your bedroom and call on the Name of Jesus.  Take time to forget pressing matters.  Take time to set aside everything that would hinder you from drawing closer.  Get closer today.

Pointers for Getting Closer to His Presence:

  1. Pray, everyday
  2. Read the Word, everyday
  3. Worship, everyday
  4. Assemble with believers who pray and study the Word (Hebrews 10:25 and Matthew 18:20)
  5. Fellowship with those believers, often

The Sound of Rejoicing … Could be Heard Far Away – Neh. 12:43

What an amazing sound it must have been.  In Nehemiah, the people of God had restored the walls and gates of the city as well as the temple of God.  They were so elated they let out a sound that could be heard far away.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if the people of God today could recapture that cry-that sound of rejoicing?  It is possible!!!  Several things led up to the restoration in Nehemiah, and I want to share those things with you:

  • They heard, LOVED, and responded to The Word of God (Neh. 8:1-9)

Read chapter 8, from start to finish, the honored subject is the Word of God being read to the people.  Interestingly enough, reading chapter 8 of Nehemiah reminds me of our weekly church services.  There was worship, preaching, fellowship, and response, a whole ordered service.  The Word of God was the priority – hearing what God had revealed, sharing it, and responding to it.  The modern church, LGBT-affirming church, must recapture a passion and love for the Word of God.  There will be NO SOUND OF REJOICING WITHOUT IT.  The Word gives us cause to rejoice, so we must always have a passion for it.

  • They confessed their sins, repented, and separated themselves from sin (Neh. 9:2)

When they heard the Word, they realized that in order to have God’s Presence and the Restoration of their lives, they had to repent of anything they had been doing that may have grieved God.  Sin and worldliness grieve God.  The people of God even separated themselves from the practices around them (v. 2).  There will be NO SOUND OF REJOICING UNTIL WE LEARN THE POWER OF REPENTANCE.  God loves us and because of that love, He convicts us of sin.  Thank God for His Precious Spirit’s convicting power.  Today, if there is any sin in your life, repent.  Ask Him to forgive you.  And as you do, you are one step closer to hearing the sound of rejoicing!!!

  • They worshipped (Neh. 11:23; 12:27-31)

Worship IS THE SOUND OF REJOICING!  The Bible tells us that “in His presence is the fullness of joy” (Psa. 16:11), and He inhabits the praises of His people (Psa. 22:3).  So, in order for us to release the sound of rejoicing, we need His presence, and His Presence is drawn to the sound of worship.  It is time to release the sound of worship!

  • They committed themselves to God (Neh. 10)

Nehemiah 10 is about a nation of people going before God and signing a covenant that basically said, “whatever it takes…”  God wants a people who will covenant with Him to do whatever it takes.  He wants Abrahamic people who are willing to give up that which is most precious for the cause of the Kingdom; He wants Estheric people who are willing to risk everything so that some might be saved; He wants Nehemaic people who will release a sound of rejoicing so loud that it can be heard far away.  This level of committment isn’t easy.  One must be willing to give up comfort, traditions, dignity…  Salvation is free, but a certain sound, a sound of rejoicing is costly.

Today, I encourage you, give your life to Jesus, get your heart right before Him, and let a sound of rejoicing be heard so loud that it can be heard through your day-to-day actions, let a spiritual sound be released that is so loud that family and friends hear it, and that it is a witness to all around you, THAT YOU SERVE A RESTORING, REBUILDING KING

The Blood of Jesus Protects

The Blood Strategy

God intended to get His people out of Egypt.  They were held in bondage and slavery.  Through a series of plagues, God moved on His people’s behalf.  The entire event is found in Exodus 4-14.  God through radical methods set His people free.  During the course of the events to get His people free, destruction and death visited Egypt.  In order to protect His people, God gave them a strategy that looked odd in the natural, but in the spiritual, the strategy had a lasting impact; the strategy was “applied blood.”  This event is found in Exodus 12.  God said to His people, “I will pass through Egypt and strike down…  I will bring judgment… (but) the BLOOD will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you.  No destructive plague will touch you…” (Exodus 12:12-13 NIV modified).

The Blood Applied

God then gave them these instructions, “take hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning.  When the Lord goes through… He will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down” (Exodus 12:22-23). 

Jesus’ Blood

Before Jesus was crucified, He shared a meal with His disciples.  That meal was the passover, the commeration of the event in Exodus.  During that meal, Jesus declared (and I’m paraphrasing) – the blood of the passover lamb, was a token, a shadow, a type … I AM THE TRUE PASSOVER LAMB, this bread we’re about to eat, well, it is my body, which is broken and torn for you, and this fruit of the vine we’re about to drink, well, it  is my blood, which is poured out for you and for many.  My Blood is available to be applied to your life.  I’m making a New Covenant with you, a Covenant ratified in my own blood.

Today, Jesus speaks and declares:

“My blood is available to you, my people.  I am the great Passover Lamb.  My blood, APPLIED TO YOUR LIFE GIVES YOU PROTECTION FROM THE DESTROYER.  My blood applied to your property, gives you protection.  My blood, applied to your finances, keeps the destroyer at bay.  My blood, applied to your spouse, home, lives, gives you protection.  And everywhere I SEE MY BLOOD, I WILL NOT ALLOW THE DESTROYER TO COME NEAR OR TO ENTER.”

Applying the Blood of Jesus

How do we apply the blood of Jesus to our lives, homes, etc.  We use the hyssop of our words and tongues.  We apply the blood the same way we apply everything in the spirit realm, by our faith-filled words.  We speak, confess, declare, sing about, apply, etc, the Blood of Jesus and what the Word of God says about it. 

So, here is a strategy for applying the Blood of Jesus in your life:

  1. Build your faith in the Blood by finding all that the Word of God says about the Blood of Jesus.  Romans 10:17 declares that our faith comes from the Word of God.  Find what the Word says about the Blood and then meditate on those Scriptures.
  2. As you are building your faith, release confessions about the Blood of Jesus.  Speak to yourself and say things like, “The Blood of Jesus is applied to my life in Jesus Name.  Thank you Lord for your precious Blood.  Thank you for shedding the Blood that protects me, my home, and all that is mine.”    Say things like, “I apply the Blood of Jesus to my home, right now, in Jesus’ Name.”
  3. Finally, use prophetic images to remind you of the Blood.  Rahab the harlot had to tie a red string in her window for protection on her house.  Find a red string, we have many at New Covenant Church of Atlanta, and tie them to your doorknobs in your home, to your Bibles, to your car, etc.  This will serve as a reminder that the blood is at work in your life.

With all of my heart, I want to see all of you rise up and experience the awesome power of the Blood of Jesus – to become a blood marked army that learns to administrate the precious power of the Blood.  I declare over you today, the Blood of Jesus is at work in your life, In the Name of Jesus.

Knowing What Belongs to Us

Ephesians 1:3 says that God has blessed us in Christ Jesus with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm (modified Amplified).  This is true in potential even though it may not have manifested in your life in experience.  You have been blessed by God through Jesus Christ and given everything you need for your life, for Godliness, and for executing your destiny in this earth realm (2 Peter 1:3).

When you know something belongs to you, you don’t wish it was yours; you get up, take what’s yours, and you utilize it.  For example, when I’m sitting in my living room and I’m looking at my powered-off TV, I don’t say, “Oh, I sure do wish someone would give me a TV to watch.  I sure do wish I owned a TV…”  No, I have a TV, it’s mine, and it’s within my rights to pick up the remote and utilize it.  Many Christians are living today far below their rights and potentials because they do not know what belongs to them – their spiritual inheritances have not been conceived in their spirits yet.

In order for us to “activate” our inheritances, we need to know what they are, and the primary way we do that is by reading the Word of God.  It is our “title deed” (Hebrews 11:1) to all of our inheritances.  What are some of our inheritances:

  • Salvation – to be saved means to be connected, spirit-to-spirit, to Jesus’s Life and to have His life in us, His eternal life.  We aquire salvation by calling on the Name of Jesus and knowing Him (John 17:3 / Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13).  Salvation is our inheritance.  We do not have to wish or hope that we are saved; salvation is ours because we have done what the Word says to do, and we have received Jesus as our Savior.
  • Power – Acts 1:8 says that we have power.  We have power to live for God, to overcome Satan’s tactics, to witness for Jesus, supernatural power to impact our world…  We have power.  It is an inheritance, it is ours through Jesus Christ.  We don’t have to wish for it, it belongs to us because the Word promises that power is ours through the Name of Jesus and the Presence of His Holy Spirit.
  • Provision – Phil. 4:19 says that God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  We must realize that provision is the inheritance of the children of God.  When we work a job to the best of our ability and honor our employers, coworkers, employees, etc (2 Thess. 3:10), when we follow God’s precepts, and know what belongs to us, then God’s provision will flood our lives.
  • Healing – Psalm 107:20, Isa. 53:5 and Matthew 8:17 say that God’s Plan is to heal His People.  We need to begin to WAR for our healings.  We need to declare “it is God’s Will for me to be whole.  In the Name of Jesus, no sickness will inhabit my body.”  Now, you may experience sickness immediately after you begin confessing what God says, and laying hold of your inheritance, but HOLD FAST YOUR CONFESSION OF FAITH (Hebrews 10:23).  When the promise is conceived in the spirit, you will find that sicknesses, sinus issues, allergies, etc etc will begin to lessen and lessen, just keep fighting with your confession of faith.  Speak the Word, and watch as the Creative Power of God goes to work. 
  • God’s Presence – Hebrews 13:5 and John 14:16 are just two passages which promise that God’s Presence will be with us.  It is vital for us to understand that God desires to let us sense His Presence, to know Him in His Glory.  We must lay hold of this promise and receive our inheritance, even when we don’t feel Him or see Him.

These are only a few of the awesome promises of God as an inheritance.  In order for us to live in the fulfillment of what belongs to us, we need to discover what God has already given us.  He’s given us His Word, and He shares openly with us all of His amazing promises.  As we learn to live by faith and see these promises manifested in our lives, we will begin to rule and reign in this life, living an overcoming life, which is what Jesus means for us to live.

The Word of God Can Set Things Right

God’s Word is pregnant with world-overcoming power.  We can have increase in every area of our lives by the power of the Word of God.  His Word has amazing, life-changing power

In the beginning, the earth was formless and void (See Genesis 1:1,2).  God created and brought things into order by His Word (again, see Genesis 1 and John 1).  He said, “Let there be light… and then there was light” (Genesis 1:3).  God said, “Let there be…” and everything He said became a reality.  We learn from the very first chapter of the Bible that “God’s Word has CREATIVE power.” 

Acts 19:20 and Acts 12:24 both tell us that the “Word of God has ‘PREVAILING, GROWING, MULTIPLYING’ power.”  God’s Word is pregnant with world-overcoming power.  We can have increase in every area of our lives by the power of the Word of God.  His Word has amazing, life-changing power. 

The Word has repairing, restoring, mending, fitting, and arranging power in it, and we have the Word available to us, every single day of our lives

We read in Hebrews 11:3 that God “framed the worlds with His Word.”  And we learn that everything is “held together by His (Mighty) Word of His Power” (Hebrews 1:3).  I particularly like the passage in Hebrews 11:3 that says that God “framed the worlds with His Word.”  The Greek word for “framed” is “katartizo,” which means “to fit, to complete, arrange, set up, repair, mend, and to restore/reconnect.”  God used His Word to do all of these things in creation.  The Word has repairing, restoring, mending, fitting, and arranging power in it, and we have the Word available to us, every single day of our lives.

When God speaks, He “with a word, makes something out of nothing” (Romans 4:17b MSG).  He calls forth things; He speaks, and things happen.  Ephesians 5:1 tells us to be imitators of God as dear children.  We can use God’s Word, and we can act like our Father by talking like our Father and calling things that be not as though they were.  

We have God’s very creative thoughts and power available to us as believers in Jesus Christ through the Word of God.  He gave us authority, and that authority is accessible when we begin to CONFESS what God has already said.  Confess is the Greek word “homologeo,” which means “to say the same thing.”  We can “say the very same things God is saying.”  In order to talk like God, we must get in the Word, find out what God is saying, and then say those things. 

It is time for us to utilize God’s Word to change our lives, the lives of others, and the lives of our community, city, and world.  By speaking God’s Word, we can use God’s Word (katartizo) to shine the light of God’s love, healing power, and authority into the lives of others.  

Here are a couple of examples of how to utilize God’s Word to release His Will on earth as it is in heaven: 

The LGBT Community desperately needs revival.  We can begin to say what God has already said about this.  We can stand in our living rooms, in our churches, wherever and boldly prophesy what God has already said.  We can say:

“In the Name of Jesus, the LGBT community in my city is, right now, experiencing conviction, repentance, revival, and the Spirit of God is being poured out upon all people.  LGBT sons and daughters are prophesying, speaking in tongues, being healed, and hearing and receiving the Word of God.  The hearts of our people are good ground upon which the seed of the Word of God is falling.  In the Name of Jesus, I declare Satan’s authority is bound; he has no authority over our people.  I declare to the North, South, East, and West, GIVE UP OUR PEOPLE and LGBT sons and daughters, come home, in the Name of Jesus.” Acts 2:17 / Joel 2:28 / John 16:8 / Proverbs 1:23 / Matthew 18:18 / Mark 4:15-25 / Isaiah 60:1-9

People need healing and wholeness.  We can begin to say what God has already said about this:

“In the Name of Jesus, I declare _________ is whole and healed.  Jesus was beaten with whips in order to purchase _______’s healing.  I declare that Jesus took infirmities upon Himself, so in the Name of Jesus, I rebuke sickness and disease, right now.  I also declare that God has not given them a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.”  Isaiah 53:5 / Matthew 8:17 / 2 Timothy 1:7

Individually, we need to have a healthy self image of ourselves, and see ourselves the way God sees us.  We can begin to say what God has already said about us:

“I am a child of God.  I am righteous because of the Blood of Jesus.  All my needs are met according to God’s riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.  I have authority over the devil because I am seated with Jesus Christ in heavenly places.  I have a holy boldness that rises in me to do what I need to do for the Kingdom.  I am more than a conquorer.  I am victorious today.  I have the mind of Christ.  And I boldly declare that all plots, plans, and devices of the enemy are thwarted even now.  No weapons formed against me shall prosper.  I walk in the spirit today, and I do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.  I am anointed, and every person I come in contact with today will have burdens removed and yokes destroyed from of their lives because I am anointed and the Spirit of God flows free through me to touch the lives of others, In the Name of Jesus.” 1 John 3:2 / 2 Cor. 5;21 / Phil. 4:19 / Romans 8:37 / 1 John 5:4 / Phil. 2:5 / Luke 10:19 / Isaiah 54:17 / Gal. 5:16 / Isa. 10:27 / Luke 4:18

Can you see how speaking the Word of God is done? 

When we begin to talk like our Father with hearts of faith, we get our Father’s results.  This is how we learn to rule and reign with Him, so let’s take His Word, and begin to speak His Word over every situation.

The Most Important Message Ever – and I don’t want this to sound like some nice sermon closer!!!

 
Warning:  This Message IS ABSOLUTELY, UNEQUIVOCALLY LGBTS-AFFIRMING

There are so many ideas, words, doctrines, etc floating around in the earth today.  However, there is no message more important than the message known simply as the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Jesus wants to have a relationship with you.  And I never mean that to sound like some nice sermon closer to get you to make some emotional response to a particular method of coming to Jesus.  Today, I say it again, “Jesus wants to have a relationship with you.”  He’s passionate about you.  He’s constantly aware of who you are, where you are, why you are!!! 
The One whose Name is higher than any other name, the One whose Name is more powerful than any other name, the One who created all things wants you to know Him and relate to Him like a spouse relates to a spouse – an intimacy like no other.
Today, the most important message you will ever hear IS NOT:
What the world needs now is love sweet love
All religions are basically the same
Jesus was a good man
All you have to do is act your best and be good

No, today, the most important message you will ever hear IS:
Jesus died for you
Jesus rose from the dead for you
Jesus loves you
Jesus’ love is the love that the world needs now
Jesus’ Name is available to you to call on – right now
Jesus is not waiting for you to change, He’s simply waiting for you to come to Him
Jesus is right now, right now, right now, available for you to call on Him
Acts 2:21 – And it shall come to pass , that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved
Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved
Acts 16:31 – Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household
Acts 2:38 – Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
Mark 16:16a – Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved
John 3:17 – God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved
John 10:9a – (Jesus said,) Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved
Romans 5:9 – Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him
Ephesians 1:7 – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
1 Cor. 6:11b – you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God
Hebrews 13:15 – Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess his name


God bless, and know that the most important message you will ever hear, for all eternity, was just digitized and blogged.  🙂  You are loved,

AR

Possess the Land

Those who trust in the LORD will possess the land (Psalm 37:9b NLT)

Those who are gentle and lowly will possess the land; they will live in prosperous security (Psalm 37:11 NLT)

“When the LORD your God brings you into the land to possess it, you must pronounce a blessing from Mount Gerizim and a curse from Mount Ebal” (Dt. 11:29 NLT)

He will return you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will possess that land again. He will make you even more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors (Dt. 30:5 NLT)

“Be strong and courageous, for you will lead my people to possess all the land I swore to give their ancestors” (Joshua 1:6 NLT)

God is all about His people expanding His Kingdom into ALLLLLL the earth.  No matter who you are or where you are, God wants you to “possess the land” around you.  What does that mean?  Does that mean that God wants you to be everyone’s boss and tell them what to do?  NO.  He wants to be the ONE LORD and King over all.  There are some people, who if they can’t tell everyone what to do and how to do it, get mad and that’s it.  However, in order to possess the land, God isn’t looking for a bunch of bosses and earthly, political kings who are interested in having their own way.  God is looking for servants who will possess the land, spiritually, and rule under His authority and dominion.

What do “dominion” and “authority” look like?  What does “possessing the land” really mean?

The more we possess the land (the spiritual atmosphere around us), the more we see Satan’s influence and illegal authority decrease.  We begin to see people becoming more loving, whole, healed, passionate about the things of God, and they begin to hunger for others to experience what they themselves have experienced.  We begin to see PEACE REIGN when the Prince of Peace is set on His Throne in every area by His Bride, the church

When we begin to walk in the authority God has called us to, we begin to understand that principalities, powers, and rulers of wickedness (demonic influences) are being dispossessed – they are actually LOSING GROUND.  Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10), and as we begin to possess the land FOR JESUS, we begin to discover that destruction, deadly emotions, theft of both natural and spiritual substances begin to lessen (though attacks may increase for a time as a ‘last ditch effort’ by the enemy).  The more we possess the land (the spiritual atmosphere around us), the more we see Satan’s influence and illegal authority decrease.  We begin to see people becoming more loving, whole, healed, passionate about the things of God, and they begin to hunger for others to experience what they themselves have experienced.  We begin to see PEACE REIGN when the Prince of Peace is set on His Throne in every area by His Bride, the church.

There is a spiritual realm, and that spiritual realm is very real.  The land that we are to possess is a spiritual land, with spiritual harvests, and spiritual benefits.  Those spiritual benefits will begin to manifest as natural realities, such as healings, needs being met, and miracles.  So, in order for us to begin to see that reality manifest, we must first begin to live, walk, and talk in the spirit.  We must look beyond the natural issues and see that we are “possessing a spiritual promised land,” and that God is demonstrating His power to rule and reign through us in heavenly places.

New Covenant’s Move

New Covenant Church of Atlanta has moved right into an amazing area in Atlanta, GA.  We are now meeting off of Cheshire Bridge Road and Faulkner Road.  This area has historically been known for its nightlife and adult entertainment.  We are here to declare that Jesus is Lord.  We are here to stand as a light and as a point of hope for all those who may not know that God is for them and loves them so much.  We are here to possess the spiritual atmosphere and see the Kingdom of God come on earth as it is in heaven.  We are here not by our own desire or our own planning, but we are here to the Glory of God and to display God’s unconditional, passionate love to the heavenly realm in this area, and as we do, people will see and know that Jesus loves them and reaches out to them, and is available to them, right now.

We are possessing the land that God has promised us.

Prayer

Let’s Pray:  Lord Jesus, help us to be the Royal People you’ve called us to be.  Help us to become Warrior Kings, a people who overcome and live life daily overcoming the enemy and possessing land that first belonged to you.  We bless you, Lord, and we confess that we are able, by your Spirit, to go up and possess the land you have called us to, In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

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