Senin, 29 Juni 2015

Dead Men Cannot Die


Dead Men Cannot Die

“They overcame [the dragon] by
the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;
and they did not love their lives to the death.”
REVELATION 12:11

No one can overcome a spiritual adversary unless they embrace the Cross. The ones who overcome the dragon do so by the blood of the Lamb and by not loving their own lives. Their testimony is: “not I, but Christ.” The blood, and loving not their life, and their testimony, all point to the same thing: these are people of the Cross. They did not love their own lives, but they gave up their lives; therefore God has raised them from the dead and they have entered into the victory of Christ.
You cannot kill a dead man. You cannot defeat a person who has already died. What more can you do to a man once he has died and been raised to life again?
Source: Embrace the Cross by Chip Brogden

The Five-Fold Ministry: Still Needed?


The Five-Fold Ministry: Still Needed?

“He Himself gave some to be apostles,
some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors
and teachers… for the edifying of the body of Christ,
till we all come… to the measure of the stature
of the fullness of Christ.”
EPHESIANS 4:11-13

Does the Body of Christ still need to be edified and encouraged? Have we all attained to the unity of the faith? Have we all obtained the full-knowledge of the Son of God? Have we all come to spiritual maturity? If the answer to all these questions is no, then these foundational ministries – ALL of them – are still needed today. And if they are still needed, then God has not withdrawn them.
Source: The Church in the Wilderness by Chip Brogden

One Kingdom, One Master


One Kingdom, One Master

“‘How hard it is for those who have riches to
enter the kingdom of God!’ And the disciples were astonished
at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them,
‘Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches
to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel
to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man
to enter the kingdom of God.’”
MARK 10:23-25

The point is not that every disciple must be penniless. The point is that in this Kingdom, Christ alone has the preeminence, and you cannot serve two masters. Why are riches such a stumbling block? It all relates to Self. For the rich man, Self is mostly represented in his riches. For the wise man, Self is mostly represented in his wisdom. For the good man, Self is mostly represented in his goodness. For the strong man, Self is mostly represented in his strength.
YOU are your biggest obstacle to entering in. Why? Because there is no room in the Kingdom of God for Christ and Self.
Source: The Irresistible Kingdmo by Chip Brogden

Having Him


Having Him

“We know that the Son of God has come and has
given us an understanding, that we may know Him...”
1 JOHN 5:20

There is a difference between salvation and a Savior; between deliverance and a Deliverer; between healing and a Healer; between redemption and a Redeemer. The first is a “thing,” the second is a Person. This may sound self-evident and elementary, but before God the difference is vast, and in actual experience the difference is incalculable. If we are not clear on the matter of His Son we will find the Christian life very difficult, if not impossible, to live. I have the “thing” because I have Him; having Him, I do not need to search for the “thing” anymore. What do you have? An experience? A word? A doctrine? A belief? Or a Man? This is the difference between a living Christianity and a dead religion.
Source: Lord of All by Chip Brogden

Minggu, 28 Juni 2015

Throw Away Your Filters


Throw Away Your Filters

Over the course of your walk, you have learned to be cautious. You have been cautious of who and what you open your heart to. But my child, I want you to come to me without any of that caution. In my presence there are pleasures that last forevermore. In my presence there is joy that fully satisfies.
When you are with me, you can open your heart widely and don't have to hold back. So throw away all the different filters you applied in your walk because you tried to protect yourself. My child, I am your protector. I am your lover, and I am your savior. I am with you every day and every step of the road that you walk.
So don’t be afraid and don't filter my love, but open your heart so that it can hit you right at the center and set you free. Amen.

Right Investment of Time


Right Investment of Time

“Now as [Paul] reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, ‘Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.’”
ACTS 24:25

When the time is short we must make the most of every opportunity and waste nothing. Ordinarily if we speak the Word to someone and they send us away, the best advice is to leave. Unfortunately, Paul was in prison and could not get away. Felix sent for him often but nothing ever changed. In this manner Paul witnessed to Felix for two years without any result whatsoever. Clearly this was a ruse of the enemy designed to frustrate the gifted apostle and sap his strength.
Paul the prisoner had no choice but to come when Felix called for him; we who are free ought to be careful lest we find ourselves spending all our time talking to a Felix when there is a Cornelius praying to hear us speak the very words that Felix takes for granted.
Source: The Church in the Wilderness by Chip Brogden

Joy is Your Strength


Joy is Your Strength

Joy is a juicy, ripe fruit of the spirit that you can consume anytime you want. Just like eating a ripe and luscious fruit in the natural, its sweetness and freshness can refresh you and give you strength.
So partake of that sweetness in the spirit that I have given you and walk in My joy! Give all of your difficulties, circumstances, worries and problems to Me, and walk in the knowledge that like a child, you can run and laugh in my presence. So kick up your heels and approach the mountain before you like a child that is going to do something fun.
With Me you can do all things and have fun in the process!