Jumat, 13 Januari 2017

Crucified With Christ


Crucified With Christ
“I have been crucified with Christ;
it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me.”
-GALATIANS 2:20

Paul says that even though he was crucified, he lives. Does Paul mean to say that he was raised from the dead with Jesus also? If so, why have we not heard about this before now? Finally he says he is not really living at all, but Christ lives in him. To the natural mind, of course, this all sounds very strange. This is why we must discern spiritual things spiritually.

It should be obvious that Paul is talking about something other than a physical crucifixion and a physical death, burial, and resurrection. Although he says, “I was crucified with Christ” he does not mean that he was present with Christ in the flesh at the moment of crucifixion; instead, he intends to show us something much more profound.

We will soon discover that this experience of being crucified with Christ is not unique to the apostle Paul, but is true of every born-again child of God. Not only Paul, but all disciples of Jesus have been crucified with Christ.


Source: "Embrace the Cross" by Chip Brogden

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Rejoice in the Middle of Battle

Apostle Colette Toach

Rejoice in the Middle of Battle

Do not be intimidated by the giants that are rising to your left and your right, my child. Do not be afraid of the work of the enemy. For I have sent you into the land of the enemy to go and take it back for me.
Do not be surprised if you face opposition and have to break down one wall after the other. Do not be scared if you see the fires raging around you and if you see my people suffering.
For I have sent you to set my people free. I have sent you to speak peace to the storm and to bring peace to the land that you are standing on. You are called to turn the barren land into a fruitful one. So rejoice if the battle is raging around you. Rejoice if the enemy is coming against you from all sides for this means that you are in the right spot.
You are where you need to be to extend my Kingdom and to bring my glory down to this earth. Amen

True Bread


True Bread
“My Father gives you the True Bread from Heaven.”
JOHN 6:32

Why are we following the Lord? Is it for what He can do for us? Is it so we can enjoy His blessing? Is it because He supplies our needs? Do we want the gifts or the Gift? If our motivation is for blessings then we will soon be disappointed. Indeed, from this time forward, many of His disciples turned back and stopped following Him. How many of us will continue to follow when the Lord fails to respond to us in the way we have grown accustomed?

The Lord may provide you with bread for a season, but there is a difference between looking to the Lord for bread and looking to the Lord as bread. May God show us the difference. The Gift of God is not what Christ can do for you, but Who He Himself is.

Source: "Lord of All" by Chip Brogden

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Watch for the Harvest

Apostle Colette Toach

Watch for the Harvest

In the season that has past you have not seen all the seeds you have sown. For you pressed through and followed my voice and did what I asked. However now you will see the fruit of the previous season where you invested.
There were many directions I sent you in. There were many things I told you to do. Sometimes they did not make sense and even as you look back now on your road, not all of it is clear to you. However as you look forward now my child, you will soon see why you had to walk the road you did.
The seeds that you planted will begin to take root and soon you will see them come out of the soil. For in the times when the night was darkest and you felt most lost, you were sowing seeds. You were investing into the spirit and now as the sun begins to shine once again, you will see the harvest of the seeds sown.
So do not look back and consider any time lost. Do not consider your efforts and obedience time lost, but look ahead now! See the harvest that stretches before you and realize that before you asked, I answered says the Lord. Amen

The Kingdom Gospel


The Kingdom Gospel
“Go into all the world and
preach the gospel to every creature.”
-MARK 16:15

From beginning to end, right up until His ascension, the passionate subject of Jesus Christ was the Kingdom of God. When Jesus finally did send them forth to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” this was not a strange new thing for which they were unprepared. They understood (better than ever before) what the Gospel was because Jesus had already given them their mission long before He sent them forth.

It was not just preaching something in a general sort of way and calling it the “Gospel.” It was a Kingdom Gospel: “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

Source: "The Irresistible Kingdom" by Chip Brogden

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Defeating Darkness


Defeating Darkness
“This is your hour, and the power of darkness.”
LUKE 22:53

Despised and rejected of men, betrayed by Judas, forsaken by the disciples, condemned by the Jews and crucified by the Romans. You say what has happened to you is unfair? The crucifixion of Jesus was the most unfair event in human history. He allowed them “their hour.” Go ahead and take the greatest concentration of evil you can find, bring the full force of death and hell and satan against the Lord Jesus, let evil do all it can do. What is the end result? He is raised up triumphant over it all.

Jesus did not avoid death. Sometimes death is unavoidable. Sometimes darkness is unavoidable. Sometimes evil appears to have the advantage. But in death, in darkness, in the worst evil, Life and Light come forth and God is glorified. If not here where we can see it, then in the End, when all things are revealed, when He makes all things new and wipes away every tear from every eye.

Source: "The Irresistible Kingdom" by Chip Brogden

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My Way, God's Way


My Way, God's Way
“Not My will, but Yours, be done.”
LUKE 22:42

What does it cost to become a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ? What does one have to give up? There is truly only one thing that must be given up. It is not, and it never has been, a question of giving up friends, family, material possessions, fame and fortune. You can give up all those things, just like the first disciples of the Lord, and still run away and deny Him.
Forget the outward things and go right to the heart of the matter. Only one thing is necessary, and if we give up this one thing we are qualified to be disciples of the Lord. What is the one thing? All we have to give up is OUR WAY.

There are two ways, one which seems right, and one which IS right. One is my way, the other is His way.

Source: "Embrace the Cross" by Chip Brogden

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